This Tuesday, Republicans in the state will be able to vote in the primary elections in accordance with the provisions of the law. Two days later, the party will hold a caucus, which is what the convention will assign the delegates to choose the candidate in the November presidential elections. The two contenders who are still in contention, Trump and Nikki Haley, will not face each other directly. The former governor participates in the primary and Trump in the caucuses, while the local party promotes voting for “none of the candidates” in Tuesday’s election, hoping to defeat Haley even without Trump’s participation.
Thanks to a decision by the Nevada Republican Party, the state primary election sanctioned by the Secretary of State will not result in the awarding of delegates to the Republican National Convention, since all 26 Republican representatives at that event will be decided in caucuses. The state Republican Party has promoted among its voters the vote “for none of the candidates” on the ballot for the state primary election, an option that if it results in a majority would minimize what is expected to be a victory for Haley in that race in which she competes without opposition.
Nikki Haley asks for protection from the Secret Service: her campaign says there is an increase in threats against her. Since 1975, the vote “for neither candidate” is a legal option that appears on all electoral ballots, both state and federal Nevada, along with the names of the regular candidates. If the “neither candidate” option receives the most votes, the candidate who comes in second is declared the winner, as has indeed happened twice times in the past. Although a victory of the “neither candidate” vote will not prevent Haley from being declared the winner of the Nevada presidential primary election, being defeated by that option would constitute a humiliation for the pre-candidate.
Despite having criticized the party for prohibiting candidates participating in the primaries from also running in the caucuses, the Republican governor of Nevada, Joe Lombardo, announced that he will vote “for none of the candidates” in Tuesday’s election. In a statement to the outlet The Nevada Independent, Lombardo said he will vote for “neither candidate” in the primary election and plans to support Trump in the caucuses two days later. Nevada’s Republican lieutenant governor, Stavros Anthony, made a similar announcement urging the Republican base of the state to do the same.
The Nevada Republican Party, led by Trump allies, three of whom are even charged with felonies related to their role in the “fake electors” scheme “, imposed conditions that clearly favor Trump for the 2024 primaries, which Haley, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and other candidates described at the time as unfair. Among them was the decision to hold a caucus separate from the established elections in the law. Taking advantage of the fact that the law does not say how a party’s delegates are awarded in Nevada, they also decided that the caucus will be the only way, thus ensuring that Trump wins the 26 representatives of Nevada in the next Republican National Convention, to be held in July in the city of Milwaukee.
When this decision was made in August, Haley, DeSantis, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott (who now supports Trump) and other Republican candidates had already registered in the state primaries so The party also decided that those who participated in that election would be automatically excluded from the caucuses. The decisions of the Nevada Republican Party led to Haley ignoring the state entirely, campaigning as if the election in South Carolina on February 24 was the next after New Hampshire. “Talk to the people of Nevada: they will tell you that the caucuses have been sealed, bought and paid for for a long time,” Haley told reporters in New Hampshire. “That’s the Trump train that passed through there. But we are going to focus on the states that are fair.”
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