In an unexpected turn of events, Nikki Haley finds herself trailing significantly behind the option of “none of these candidates” in the Nevada primary, currently down by 30 points at the time of reporting. This peculiar outcome underscores a lack of voter confidence in Haley, with the electorate seemingly preferring no candidate over the former ambassador.
Nevada’s electoral process involves both a GOP primary and a caucus, with the caucus, slated for Thursday, determining the winner of the state’s 26 delegates. The focus has shifted to the caucus showdown between Donald Trump and the relatively unknown candidate, Ryan Binkley. Trump’s strategic decision to participate in the caucus rather than the primary indicates a calculated move, as delegate allocation is the primary objective.
Republican Governor Joe Lombardo of Nevada had previously announced his intention to vote for “none of these candidates,” setting a notable precedent. This sentiment appears to resonate with many Republicans, as interviews with voters heading to the polls revealed a shared inclination to opt for “none of these candidates” over Nikki Haley.
Bruce Parks, Chair of the Washoe County Republican Party and a staunch supporter of GOP caucuses, advised callers, including Trump supporters, to actively participate in the primary by selecting “none of these candidates” as a statement of dissatisfaction with Haley. This aligns with a broader sentiment among some Republicans who feel disenfranchised or skeptical of the political process.
Haley’s campaign manager, Betsy Ankney, dismissed Nevada as a strategic focus, emphasizing a decision not to invest resources in a process perceived as favoring Trump. Trump adviser Chris LaCivita expressed bewilderment at Haley’s choice not to participate, highlighting the conventional strategy of targeting states with a significant delegate count for a presidential nomination.
The conservative perspective on Haley’s setback in Nevada centers on strategic choices, questioning the wisdom of sidelining a state with delegate influence and highlighting concerns about the perceived fairness of the process, particularly from the Trump camp.