Nevada embarrassment for Nikki Haley

Haley secured just 32 percent of the vote, against more than 61 percent for “None of these candidates.”

Nikki Haley giving a speech on her campaign trail / X/@NikkiHaley

In an embarrassing blow to Nikki Haley’s presidential campaign, she was defeated by “None of these candidates,” in the Republican Party primary in the US state of Nevada on Tuesday, Feb 6.

Nevada has a slightly-different Republican Presidential nomination contest. The state held a Republican primary first, and will hold a
Republican caucus Feb. 8. While Republican voters can vote at either event or both, candidates Haley and Trump had to choose: she picked the primary while he picked the caucus.

Official results more than two hours after polls closed showed that the former UN ambassador secured just 32 percent of the vote, against more than 61 percent for “None of these candidates.”

While the Nevada primary result didn’t carry any delegates and has no bearing on the Republican nomination – it comes after consecutive losses for Haley in Iowa and New Hampshire. Moreover, if polls are to be believed she is also set for defeat in her home state of South Carolina, that will head to polls on Feb. 24.

Win for Biden in Nevada

In the Democratic camp, it was an easy win for incumbent Joe Biden in Nevada, pushing him one more step closer to his party’s nomination for the general election, in which he will most likely once again face Trump. 

According to AP, that called the race, Biden secured 89 percent of the vote. The only other viable competitor on the ballot was author Marianne Williamson, as Rep. Dean Phillips, launched his candidacy after the filing deadline.

“I want to thank the voters of Nevada for sending me and Kamala Harris to the White House four years ago, and for setting us one step further on that same path again tonight. We must organize, mobilize, and vote. Because one day, when we look back, we’ll be able to say, when American democracy was a risk, we saved it — together,” Biden said in a statement.

The next democratic primary is scheduled to be held in Michigan on Feb 27.