This year has brought us Dean Phillips and Ron DeSantis and somehow I think the most embarrassing event might be Nikki Haley getting second place in a one-person race. https://t.co/MmLHFePhAl
— Lakshya Jain (@lxeagle17) February 7, 2024
Per the Associated Press:
… The Associated Press declared “None of these candidates” the winner at 12:01 a.m. based on initial vote results that showed it with a significant lead over Haley in seven counties across the state, including in the two most populous counties. At the time the race was called, “None of these candidates” led with about 60% of the vote. Haley trailed with 33%.
Former President Donald Trump did not appear on the ballot. Gov. Joe Lombardo, Nevada’s Republican chief executive, endorsed Trump and publicly indicated his intent to cast his ballot for “None of these candidates.” A significant number of Trump supporters appear to have followed the governor’s lead. Initial returns showed “None of these candidates” leading in seven counties that Trump carried in his 2016 Nevada caucus win.
Besides Haley, the seven-person GOP primary field included former candidates Mike Pence and Tim Scott, who both dropped out of the race after the primary ballot had been locked in, as well as four relatively unknown hopefuls.
The victory for “None of these candidates” has no official impact on the race for the GOP presidential nomination, since the primary was non-binding and had no delegates at stake. The Nevada Republican Party opted to hold a presidential caucus Thursday to award delegates and has essentially disavowed the primary.
Republican voters who cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary are also allowed to participate in Thursday’s binding caucuses, but the state party has barred candidates who appeared on the primary ballot from also competing in the caucuses, forcing candidates to choose one event over the other. Haley chose to compete in the primary, while Trump opted to compete in the caucuses, where he faces only one candidate and is expected to win most or all of the delegates up for grabs…
During a consequential week, President Biden has been a bit off stage
That’s been deliberate
Aides say that an Oval Office address about US strikes against Iran proxy groups would heighten the moment – and risk compelling Tehran to widen the war https://t.co/oiHDG268gk
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) February 6, 2024
Despite the source, this is worth reading — “The president is, once more, keeping a relatively low profile as major events pop up around him”: