Nevada caucus election results: Haley brands primary a ‘scam’ as Trump set to claim all state delegates

Donald Trump beats Nikki Haley in New Hampshire

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is expected to cruise to victory in Nevada’s GOP-organised caucus today, where his only challenger is Texas pastor Ryan Binkley, picking up a further 26 delegates and further cementing his dominance in the race to secure the party’s presidential nomination.

Nikki Haley, who has branded the caucus “a scam”, only managed a second place finish in the Silver State’s primary on Tuesday, suffering the humiliation of scoring fewer votes than the “none of these candidates” box on ballot papers.

Ms Haley’s defeat did not cost her any delegates but it did serve to severely weaken her claim to be able to mount a serious challenge to Mr Trump

It also places even greater pressure on her performance in South Carolina when that state’s primary arrives on 24 February.

Ms Haley is a native of the Palmetto State and served as its governor before joining Mr Trump’s administration as ambassador to the United Nations but is nevertheless trailing her old boss in the polls by a wide margin.

In other news, self-help author Marianne Williamson has announced she is suspending her campaign challenging Joe Biden for the Democratic nod after two weak primary performances.

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How Trump soured on Ronna McDaniel after seven years of unyielding loyalty

The chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC) has told Trump that she’s planning on leaving her role after the South Carolina GOP primary on 24 February.

The front-runner is set to push for the chair of the North Carolina Republican Party, fellow election denier Michael Whatley, to replace her, according to The New York Times.

McDaniel has been under pressure for several months to step down as Trump’s allies have attempted to push her out amid concerns about the RNC’s finances ahead of the general election campaign.

After years of dogged loyalty on her part, her tenure looks send to end on a decidedly sour note.

Gustaf Kilander looks at what went wrong.

Joe Sommerlad8 February 2024 15:15

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Another European leader, another gaffe for Biden

“And then Helmut Kohl turned to me and said, ‘What would you say, Mr President, if you picked up the London Times and learned that a thousand people had broken down the doors of the British Parliament, killed some bobbies on the way in, to deny the prime minister to take office,”’ Mr Biden said.

He echoed the blundering story at another event the same day.

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Karl Rove blasts ‘lunacy’ of ‘conspiratorial right’ claiming Michelle Obama will replace Biden

Republican strategist Karl Rove has blasted the “lunacy” of the “conspiratorial right” over its bizarre theories that former first lady Michelle Obama would replace Joe Biden as the Democratic Party’s 2024 candidate.

Rove, former deputy chief of staff to George W Bush, was being interviewed by Stuart Varney on Fox Business when the host brought up the idea of Ms Obama replacing the incumbent president on the ticket ahead of November’s election.

Here’s Oliver O’Connell on his response.

Joe Sommerlad8 February 2024 14:15

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Haley just lost Nevada to ‘no one’. Why her campaign says it doesn’t matter

It certainly didn’t cost her any delegates but it wasn’t a great look, with late night host Seth Meyers joking on Wednesday night that it revealed the candidate as having “the opposite of momentum”.

Here’s John Bowden on how Team Haley has responded.

Joe Sommerlad8 February 2024 13:15

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Tracking the 2024 Republican delegates

With the Iowa caucus have kicked off the 2024 Republican presidential primary season last month, Donald Trump and Nikki Haley are campaigning in the hope of picking up as many delegates as possible to secure the Republican National Committee nomination for the presidency.

Delegates are individuals who represent the majority of voters in their state or district. They can be party leaders, activists, volunteers, legislators or other people who approve of the party’s platform.

Each state is given a specific number of Republican or Democratic delegates.

This year, Republicans have allocated 2,429 delegates.

A candidate needs approximately 1,215 to secure a nomination.

Here’s Ariana Baio to explain further.

Joe Sommerlad8 February 2024 12:15

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So Long, Marianne: Williamson suspends presidential campaign

The self-help guru has announced she is ending her long-shot run to unseat Joe Biden from the Democratic nomination, which comes as not a huge surprise after she was only able to chalk up two lacklustre primary performances at great expense.

Here she is signing out in typically idiosyncratic fashion.

Joe Sommerlad8 February 2024 11:15

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Trump set to cruise to victory in Nevada caucus

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is expected to cruise to victory in Nevada’s GOP-organised caucus today, where his only challenger is Texas pastor Ryan Binkley, picking up a further 26 delegates and further cementing his dominance in the race to secure the party’s presidential nomination.

However, Trump’s mind is likely to be elsewhere today given that the US Supreme Court will also begin hearing opening arguments on Thursday as it considers whether he should be allowed to remain on 2024 ballot papers at all.

The states of Colorado and Maine have moved to have Trump removed citing Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, which argues that anyone found to have “engaged in insurrection” after swearing a loyalty oath should not be allowed to return to public office.

The highest court in the land, which has a conservative majority, will now consider whether that applies to Trump in relation to the Capitol riot of 6 January 2021, when his supporters stormed the legislative complex in an attempt to stop the formal certification of the 2020 election results, erroneously believing the vote to have been “rigged” in Joe Biden’s favour, as the then-president and his allies had repeatedly claimed.

Trump is not expected to attend this hearing but will instead stay at his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida before jetting out to Nevada later.

Here’s Ariana Baio on his plans for the day.

Joe Sommerlad8 February 2024 10:45

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RNC chair to step down following Trump criticism, reports say

Two days after Donald Trump told a news channel that he would be recommending changes at the Republican National Committee, it appears that chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel will be heading for the exit.

The New York Times reported the news on Tuesday evening, as voters in Nevada participated in Democratic and Republican contests that were largely meaningless, albeit for different reasons. President Joe Biden coasted to another victory while Nikki Haley embarrassingly lost a primary – to “none of these candidates” – that would have netted her zero delegates anyway in her race against Donald Trump for the GOP nomination.

One of Ms McDaniel’s former rivals, Vivek Ramaswamy, had publicly called for her firing onstage at a Republican debate before his own departure from the 2024 race.

Oliver O’Connell8 February 2024 08:15

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No, Biden’s inauguration was not an insurrection…

Twitter had to explain this to Marjorie Taylor Greene:

Oliver O’Connell8 February 2024 05:15

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Election issue: Trump and China tariffs

For the first time in more than two decades, Mexico last year surpassed China as the leading source of goods imported to the United States. The shift reflects the growing tensions between Washington and Beijing as well as US efforts to import from countries that are friendlier and closer to home.

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