Nevada, after Iowa and New Hampshire, is the third state in the race for the Republican Party nomination for the US presidential elections. However, current front-runner Donald Trump and his only remaining rival, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, will not be running against each other in the “Silver State.” They both registered in different primaries, meaning they avoid each other. how is that possible?
Primary and secondary?
Since 2008, Nevada has become the first state in the western United States to hold a primary. This was the case until the previous ballot box in 2020 gatheringVoters meet at pre-arranged times to listen to representatives' speeches and then cast their votes.
But under the influence of former Democratic heavyweight and Senate leader Harry Reid, the state turned A.J BasicA “normal” primary, so to speak. Those primaries were also required by law, but the Nevada Republican Party disagreed and went to court. Ultimately, the lawsuit was dropped because the Republican branch received approval to continue organizing a caucus, as long as a primary was also held.
Two different days?
So, the primaries and caucuses in Nevada. As a result, Republicans are holding a different primary this week: a state-mandated primary February 6 A party rally organized by the local party February 8. Candidates have to choose: The Republican Party has decided that they can only participate on one of two ballot boxes.
What will Trump and Haley do next?
Trump and Haley are choosing different primaries, so they will not face each other directly. Trump participates in the caucus, while Haley chooses the primaries. She claims the campaign rally is tailored for Trump.
For example, the head of the local Republican Party, Michael McDonald, is one of the “fake voters” who urged Trump to vote for him in the 2020 presidential election, even though he lost. In addition, the former president also has more ardent supporters who have no problem spending an evening supporting their candidate, while voting in primaries can also be done by mail.
By the way, Haley is not in Nevada campaigning at all. She is currently betting everything on her home state of South Carolina, where the next Republican primary will be held on February 24.
Who can win?
The unique nature of two different primaries means there's a chance both Haley and Trump will be declared winners in Nevada this week. Haley is the winner of today's primary, and Trump is the winner of Thursday's caucus.
It seems clear that Trump will win the caucus on Thursday. In the primary, “none of the above” will be an option on the ballot. A large number of Republicans voting for this option instead of Haley could mean a painful blow to her jaw.
What is at stake?
During primaries, states distribute a predetermined number of delegates among candidates. It is these delegates whose votes will ultimately choose the party's nomination at the Republican convention in July. Whoever is able to get 1,215 delegates behind his name becomes the presidential candidate.
In Nevada there are 26 Delegates to divide. But it is the local party branch that decides where those delegates will be at stake, and the decision to award them was made at the caucus. This means Haley can't collect any delegates anyway, so the 26 delegates are up for grabs for Trump.
Trump already has 33 delegates after Iowa and New Hampshire, and will lead Haley by 17 votes. Delegatesso increase that even further.
And the Democrats?
Democrats are also holding a primary in Nevada. Those primaries take place today, February 6th. Incumbent President Joe Biden faces opposition only from self-help author Marianne Williamson. His other opponent, Dean Phillips, is leaving Nevada behind. In any case, Biden should not fear opposition, as the results of the South Carolina primary showed.
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