Nevada GOP Primary and Caucus Foil Haley-Trump Rematch | US Election 2024 News
The latest competition in the US presidential elections Primary season The election is set to be a Republican double-header, with not one but two races in one state.
The problem is that only one will carry weight in the party’s nomination battle.
This week, Nevada, a battleground state in the Southwest, is scheduled to host a Republican primary and a Republican caucus — competing events that will confuse voters.
The United States is already experiencing a very distinctive electoral process. In the lead-up to a presidential election, candidates compete for delegates in statewide votes in order to secure the nominations of the major parties. Whoever wins the largest number of party delegates becomes the nominee.
States usually carry either a Primary or partisan To determine how to divide their party’s delegates.
But a clash between Nevada politicians — and the Nevada branch of the Republican Party — led to a primary and a caucus.
But on February 6, Nevada will hold a state-run primary, as mandated by the latest state law. However, the Republican Party is protesting the vote and will not award any delegates to the winner.
But two days later, the party will host its own caucuses: a series of meetings where registered voters meet, discuss and decide which candidate to support. The winner will receive all 26 state delegates.
With the former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley The top two Republican candidates in the primary — and former President Donald Trump in the caucus — are competing in two separate statewide races.
Why are there two races?
The dueling events highlight the divide between the Nevada Republican Party and state election officials.
In 2021, the Nevada state legislature — which was controlled by Democrats at the time — passed a law requiring the state to hold a presidential primary.
This represents a major break from tradition, as the state has held party-run caucuses for decades.
But officials said change is necessary: caucuses are relatively rare and widely criticized for being inaccessible, because they require voters to attend in-person meetings to participate.
Democrats also pointed to the delay in announcing the 2020 caucus results as justification for the switch.
The Nevada Republican Party quickly raised concerns that state-run primaries do not require voter identification and allow mail-in voting. It argued that both factors could lead to widespread fraud, a position that held Refute regularly.
However, the new law mandating state-run primaries did not prevent parties from continuing to hold caucuses. This is exactly what the Republican Party did.
“The caucus requires voter ID and features paper ballots, fully transparent vote tabulation, same-day results, and no mail-in ballots or same-day registration,” the state Republican Party said in a statement in October.
“It is a critical event on the political calendar because it provides Nevadans with a unique opportunity to express their preferences and play a pivotal role in shaping the direction of our country.”
What is the benefit of having an electoral bloc?
Critics argued that the state’s Republican Party chose to hold caucuses because that style of competition was more likely to benefit Trump.
Caucuses require a significant investment of time from voters. As a result, they tend to attract more committed political supporters.
Some observers also noted that state Republican Party Chairman Michael McDonald is a staunch Trump supporter. He and five other Republicans falsely certified Trump’s victory in the state in 2020, a move for which he was later accused.
Under MacDonald, the party established strict rules for candidates to participate in the caucus.
Presidential candidates had to pay an entry fee of $55,000 to participate. The Republican Party also prohibited candidates from participating in the primaries and caucuses.
“The caucuses are closed, bought and paid for,” said Haley, who chose to run in the primary.
“This is the Trump train running through this,” she said in New Hampshire, adding that her campaign would focus on “fair” states.
Her campaign is instead focusing on the fourth race on the Republican primary calendar, in her home state of South Carolina. She previously served as governor there.
Haley previously finished third in the Iowa caucuses He lost to Trump By 11 percentage points in New Hampshire.
Can Haley and Trump both win?
Yes, they can each win their separate races. But only the caucuses matter for the party’s eventual nomination.
Haley is running unopposed in the Nevada primary, although registered Republicans can choose a “none of the above” option at the voting booth.
In the party-run caucuses, Trump is expected to crush Ryan Binkley, a Republican pastor leading a long-shot campaign.
So has an agreement been reached?
On the surface, the two races in Nevada are relatively unimportant, but some scenarios could make the results interesting.
The news site Axios reported concern in Trump’s camp: Campaign officials fear confusion and poor organization will lead to low turnout — which in turn could raise questions about Trump’s appeal in the key battleground state.
Meanwhile, if Haley does relatively well in state-run primaries, she could hurt Trump’s campaign.
For its part, Haley’s campaign has barely funneled any resources into Nevada. However, this may be a mistake, according to Nevada political analyst John Ralston.
“The truth is that (Nevada) should have mattered, but Haley blew the opportunity,” he wrote on social media platform X.
“Early states are not about delegates, they are about momentum and narrative.”
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