Nikki Haley Loses Nevada’s “Symbolic” GOP Primary

February 7, 2024

Even Donald Trump knows that when you play penny slots the house wins.

Olivia Perez-Cubas, spokesperson for former United Nations ambassador and GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley, following Tuesday’s primary vote.

What To Know: During Nevada’s Tuesday Republican and Democratic presidential primaries, the Republican winner was the selection “None of these candidates” at 63.2%, rather than a candidate listed on the ballot. President Joe Biden won the Democratic primary with 89.3%.

Former President Donald Trump was not listed on the ballot and Republican candidate and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has now become, “the first presidential candidate from either party to lose a race to ‘none of these candidates’ since that option was introduced in Nevada in 1975” (TIME).

The Nevada GOP primary did not award delegates needed for the GOP nomination and Haley’s campaign reportedly did not spend any money on advertising in the state. Haley spokesperson Olivia Perez-Cubas said, “We didn’t bother to play a game rigged for Trump. We’re full steam ahead in South Carolina and beyond.” The South Carolina primary falls on February 24; South Carolina is Haley’s home state.

Why It Matters: Haley is the final rival to President Trump, who remains the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. On Thursday, the former president is expected to win the Nevada Republican Party caucuses which will give him all 26 state delegates.

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More Nevada Republicans Vote for ‘None’ Than Nikki Haley, as Biden Wins Democratic Primary (TIME)

Most states have either caucuses or a primary. Why is Nevada holding both? (AP Archive via YouTube)

by Sarah Pinkerton,