Donald Trump Wins Nevada Republican Caucuses


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Former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, who was one of Trump’s last major Republican rivals, decided to run in Tuesday’s symbolic Republican primary in Nevada. However, she was overwhelmingly defeated by the “none” option. Trump’s victory in Nevada gives him the state’s 26 delegates, and he needs to amass 1,215 delegates to formally win the party’s nomination, which he could reach in March.

The Nevada Republican Party decided to hold caucuses instead of a primary election prescribed by the Legislature to determine which candidate will receive its delegates, a decision that Trump’s team supported. This allowed the party to have more control over who participates and gave Trump a bigger lead, but left some voters confused. Trump’s campaign has said that its early efforts are the foundation for when Nevada becomes a political swing state in November.

While Trump and Haley did not face off in Nevada, they competed in the Republican caucuses in the US Virgin Islands, where Trump won by a wide margin, obtaining the territory’s four delegates. Neither Trump nor Haley campaigned in the Virgin Islands, focused on the state of Nevada.

The caucuses require candidates to cultivate more grassroots support and spend resources on organizing to ensure that voters show up on time and at a certain location at night to show their support. The system tends to benefit Trump, with his years of support from the party base and his team’s efforts in cultivating local party members.

Republicans increasingly converge behind Trump as he faces legal problems, including 91 criminal charges in four separate cases. Trump is exerting his influence in both Congress and the Republican National Committee, despite facing unprecedented danger for a major candidate. A federal appeals panel ruled that Trump can face trial on charges of conspiring to overturn the results of the 2020 election, and the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that sought to bar Trump from the 2024 presidential election.

Despite these legal challenges, Trump’s standing among Republicans remains strong, as evidenced by his win in the Iowa caucuses with more than 50% of the vote. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis surpassed Haley and achieved second place.

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