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.

Key Points

  • Trump set to cruise to victory in Nevada caucus

  • Marianne Williamson suspends presidential campaign

  • Haley loses Trump-less Nevada primary to ‘none of these candidates’

  • Biden wins Nevada primary as he looks ahead to 2020 rematch with Trump

  • Why Nevada Republicans are holding both a primary and a caucus

2024 Republican delegate tracker

01:20 , Mike Bedigan

Here’s something to bookmark going forward — our delegate tracker map for the Republican primaries.

Our map will be updated as the results of primaries or caucuses come in. You can scroll over the states in red to see how delegates have been allocated to each candidate so far.

2024 Republican delegate tracker

You may have heard that Nevada’s primary doesn’t matter — here’s why…

01:00 , Mike Bedigan

Nevada is the next state to vote for the Republican nominee for president but you could be forgiven for missing that fact, given the lack of media attention.

Both Nikki Haley and Donald Trump, the only two prominent contenders remaining in the fight for their party’s nomination, are technically on the ballot in Nevada.

But they are on different ones — Ms Haley has already competed in the state’s primary, losing embarrassingly on Tuesday to “none of these candidates”, while Mr Trump is running in Thursday’s caucus, his sole remaining challenger being the obscure Texas pastor Ryan Binkley.

That means the front two will not actually be “against” each other in the Silver State because while Republican voters can choose to participate in both the primary and the caucus, the candidates cannot.

It is a bewildering system that has almost entirely sapped the state’s political relevance for the 2024 primary season.

John Bowden explains:

Nevada is the next contest of the 2024 GOP primary. Here’s why it doesn’t matter

Biden delivers remarks at the House Democratic Caucus Issues Conference

00:35 , Mike Bedigan

Watch: Supreme Court Justice Kagan questions Colorado ruling to disqualify Trump

00:15 , Mike Bedigan

US Supreme Court likely to reject attempts to kick Trump off 2024 ballot

23:53 , Michelle Del Rey

The Supreme Court is likely to reject attempts that would remove former President Donald Trump from the 2024 ballot. According to the Associated Press, the conservative and liberal justices appear to be in agreement over the case.

If the judges choose to reject the efforts, it would put an immediate stop to measures in Colorado and Maine, where judges have ruled to keep Trump off the ballot, arguing that he is ineligible to run in accordance with the US Constitution’s insurrection clause.

How is Nikki Haley polling in her home state?

23:32 , Michelle Del Rey

With the South Carolina Republican primary at the end of this month, poll watchers are waiting to see if Haley proves to be triumphant in her home state, where she also served as governor.

According to a poll from Monmouth University in New Jersey, it appears as though 58 per cent say they support Mr Trump, while only 32 per cent support Haley.

Nikki Haley says Trump should ‘hire Biden’s lawyers’ after classified documents ruling

23:12 , Michelle Del Rey

“The double standard is glaring,” the presidential candidate posted to X, formerly Twitter. “Both Joe Biden and Donald Trump were reckless with classified documents. If Biden’s defence is old age and forgetfulness, Trump can easily make the same claim.

“Trump should quickly hire Biden’s lawyers.”

Read more about the case here:

Special counsel says Joe Biden ‘wilfully’ held on to classified material

How late night mocked Nikki Haley’s loss

22:54 , Michelle Del Rey

Here are the punchlines on former UN ambassador Nikki’s Haley’s upsetting defeat to “none of these candidates,” an option voters are unable to select if they’re not happy with the other options on the ballot.

“Nikki Haley’s campaign message is ‘Nobody’s better than me,’ and Nevada agreed,” said Stephen Colbert. “She also lost to Nevada candidates ‘Not feelin’ it today’ and ‘Gonna be a no from me, dawg.’”

Jimmy Kimmel stated on his show, “You know how they say, ‘You’re second to none?’ She finished second to none.” He added, “I like the idea that people took time to wait in line to vote for ‘None of these candidates.’ That’s like going to the Wendy’s drive-through and yelling, ‘Nothing for me, thanks!’”

Seth Meyers rounded out the group with his remarks: “I don’t know what the opposite of momentum is, but I know Haley’s got it,” he said. “Even worse, she actually came in third behind ‘None of these candidates’ and ‘No, seriously, not you, Nikki.’”

Trump flying to Nevada (and speaking to patriots in the US Virgin Islands)

22:30 , Oliver O’Connell

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

22:00 , Oliver O’Connell

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

Mr 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 the former first lady replacing the incumbent president on the ticket ahead of November’s election.

The conspiracy is not new, having been floated as recently as last month by Georgia Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene, and surfacing ahead of other recent elections.

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Karl Rove blasts ‘lunacy’ of claims Michelle Obama will replace Biden

Developing story: Special counsel says Joe Biden ‘wilfully’ held on to classified material

21:15 , Andrew Feinberg

President Joe Biden “wilfully” held on to classified materials that were discovered at his home in Delaware and the office of a think tank in Washington DC, but should not face criminal charges for doing so, a special prosecutor appointed by the attorney general found in a report released on Thursday.

The prosecutor, former Trump appointee and ex-Maryland US Attorney Robert Hur, did not recommend that Mr Biden face criminal charges, citing what he described as significant “mitigating factors” which led him to state that charges were not warranted and would not have been warranted even if Mr Biden were not president and barred from being prosecuted by Department of Justice policy.

In a statement, Mr Biden said he was “pleased” that Mr Hur decided that there would be no charges against him and said that was the outcome he’d been expecting “all along”.

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Special counsel says Joe Biden ‘wilfully’ held on to classified material

Election issue — Immigration: ‘Popular commentator’ threatened to ‘destroy’ Lankford for efforts to solve border crisis

20:45 , Oliver O’Connell

James Lankford is having a bad week.

The senator from Oklahoma was once his party’s lead negotiator with the Democratic majority as his party sought a compromise on border security which led to a framework that included concessions the party previously never even dreamed of winning from their political rivals.

It wasn’t enough. As the legislation’s text was finally unveiled over last weekend, it became clear that a deal that once looked like it had a promising chance of passing the evenly divided upper chamber with 60 votes was going to fail, and fail spectacularly. The bill did so on Wednesday, with Mr Lankford, a handful of his GOP colleagues, and most of the chamber’s Democrats losing a procedural vote to begin debate on the legislation.

The bill’s fate came as little surprise: Donald Trump and his loyalists had come out against a compromise with Democrats, calling the legislation insufficient to manage the situation on the US-Mexico border and furious that Republicans would hand President Joe Biden another policy achievement to tout to voters this fall. Despite hemming and hawing from Republicans who denounced Mr Trump’s efforts to kill the legislation to help his campaign, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and virtually all of his conference voted down the legislation he had once urged senators to support.

And Mr Lankford is now at the centre of a firestorm on the right, hung out to dry by his party’s leaders in the upper chamber and the target of vitriol from hardline Trump loyalists.

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Lankford says ‘popular commentator’ threatened to ‘destroy’ him over border crisis

Trump pushes Nevada Voter ID amendment petition

19:28 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump is pushing a Nevada petition to include a voter ID amendment on the ballot in the state for the 5 November presidential election.

“This is a very ‘Big Deal’,” he wrote on Truth Social.

FCC makes AI-generated voices in robocalls illegal

19:15 , AP

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday outlawed robocalls that contain voices generated by artificial intelligence, a decision that sends a clear message that exploiting the technology to scam people and mislead voters won’t be tolerated.

The unanimous ruling targets robocalls made with AI voice-cloning tools under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, a 1991 law restricting junk calls that use artificial and prerecorded voice messages.

The announcement comes as New Hampshire authorities are advancing their investigation into AI-generated robocalls that mimicked President Joe Biden’s voice to discourage people from voting in the state’s first-in-the-nation primary last month.

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AI-generated voices in robocalls can deceive voters. The FCC just made them illegal

Marianne Williamson suspends long shot Democratic presidential campaign

18:15 , Oliver O’Connell

Oprah Winfrey, has announced that she is suspending her bid to challenge Joe Biden for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination after a disappointing start to primary season.

Ms Williamson, 71, had said she was determined to offer voters an alternative to a second term for President Biden, 81, but picked up only 5,000 votes in New Hampshire, and then just 2 per cent of the vote in South Carolina, and around 3 per cent in Nevada on Tuesday.

“I hope future candidates will take what works for them, drinking from the well of information we prepared,” she wrote as she announced the end of her campaign.

“My team and I brought to the table some great ideas, and I will take pleasure when I see them live on in campaigns and candidates yet to be created.”

Joe Sommerlad reports:

Marianne Williamson suspends long shot Democratic presidential campaign

Michigan governor’s budget promises free education and lower family costs, but GOP says it’s unfair

16:15 , AP

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday presented a $80.7 billion budget Wednesday that aims to boost education spending and deliver on her promise to provide students free education from preschool through community college.

The second-term Democratic governor unveiled her budget proposal in a joint session between the House and Senate appropriations committees. It follows a State of the State speech last month where Whitmer concentrated on initiatives such as free community college for all high school graduates, free preschool for 4-year-olds and continuing a free breakfast and lunch program for all students.

“My budget today will deliver on the vision I outlined a couple weeks ago,” Whitmer told lawmakers. “Lowering costs, improving education and ensuring that anyone and everyone can make it here in Michigan.”

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Michigan governor’s budget promises free education and lower family costs, but GOP says it’s unfair

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

15:15 , Joe Sommerlad

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.

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

Another European leader, another gaffe for Biden

14:45 , Amelia Neath & Martha McHardy

In his second blunder of the week, President Joe Biden has now claimed he spoke to another dead European politician in a campaign event speech.

The 81-year-old president appeared at a series of campaign fundraiser events in New York on Wednesday, where he declared that he had discussed the January 6 Capitol riots with Chancellor of Germany Helmut Kohl, during a G7 meeting in the UK in 2021.

“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.

The only issue is that Kohl had already been dead for four years at that point, passing away in 2017 after retiring from active politics in 2002.

🤦

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Biden claims he spoke to second dead European leader in latest gaffe

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

14:15 , Joe Sommerlad

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.

Karl Rove blasts ‘lunacy’ of claims Michelle Obama will replace Biden

So Long, Marianne: Williamson suspends presidential campaign

11:15 , Joe Sommerlad

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.

Trump set to cruise to victory in Nevada caucus

10:45 , Joe Sommerlad

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.

Trump plans to skip SCOTUS hearing on ballot eligibility

RNC chair to step down following Trump criticism, reports say

08:15 , Oliver O’Connell

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.

John Bowden reports:

GOP chair Ronna Romney McDaniel to step down, reports say

No, Biden’s inauguration was not an insurrection…

05:15 , Oliver O’Connell

Twitter had to explain this to Marjorie Taylor Greene:

Marjorie Taylor Greene slammed for claiming Biden’s inauguration was an insurrection

Election issue: Trump and China tariffs

02:15 , AP

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.

Mexico overtakes China as the leading source of goods imported to US

Where is Trump facing attempts to remove him from the ballot?

00:15 , Ariana Baio

Lawsuits challenging Donald Trump’s eligibility to appear on the 2024 presidential primary ballots have sprung up in several states.

Individuals and left-wing organisations have claimed that Mr Trump violated Section Three of the 14th Amendment – known as the insurrection clause – citing his involvement in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

Section Three of the amendment prohibits those who take part in insurrections or aid enemies of the US government from taking office.

To date, formal challenges to Mr Trump’s candidacy have been filed in at least 35 states.

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Where is Donald Trump facing attempts to remove him from the ballot?

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

Wednesday 7 February 2024 23:45 , John Bowden

Republican voters turned out to vote against Nikki Haley in Nevada on Tuesday, delivering the sole remaining challenger to Donald Trump’s bid for the GOP nomination an embarrassing night of headlines.

The night was essentially a worst-case scenario for Ms Haley; her campaign chose not to compete in Nevada’s caucuses, set for Thursday, and instead put Ms Haley up against three rivals who had already departed the primary before Tuesday. The result? Instead of losing to Donald Trump in a contest her team blasted as “rigged”, the former governor found herself finishing second behind “none of these candidates” as vote totals came in.

Her campaign, with apparent knowledge of how the state was trending, reminded reporters in a memo earlier this week that the campaign had not run ads or invested any serious effort in Nevada; Ms Haley herself hasn’t been in the state this year, and has instead focused her energy on campaigning in her home state of South Carolina.

“Nevada is not and has never been our focus,” Haley campaign manager Betsy Ankey had said on Monday. “I’m truly not sure what the Trump team is up to out there but they seem pretty spun up about it.”

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

Trump trolls Haley over Nevada primary loss

Wednesday 7 February 2024 23:15 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump has trolled Nikki Haley after her loss in the Nevada primary to “none of these candidates”.

The former UN ambassador and two-term governor of South Carolina did not campaign in the state, instead focusing on her home state which votes next.

She ran against “none of these candidates” and some notable names that had already dropped out of the race.

Here’s what the former president had to say:

Trump trolls Haley over Nevada primary loss: ‘She’ll soon claim victory’

GOP senators block Ukraine-border bill after Donald Trump opposes it

Wednesday 7 February 2024 22:35 , Oliver O’Connell

Senate Republicans blocked the path forward on a security package that included restrictions to immigration in exchange for aid to Ukraine, Israel and allies in the Indo-Pacific.

The legislation—which Senators James Lankford of Oklahoma, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Chris Murphy of Connecticut—failed 49-50 as a majority of Republican senators voted against the legislation. Speaker Mike Johnson and the rest of Republican leadership in the US House of Representatives opposed it as well.

Many Republicans came out with their opposition after former President Donald Trump condemned the legislation.

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Republican senators block Ukraine-border bill after Donald Trump opposes it

What is the 14th Amendment and why should Trump be concerned…

Wednesday 7 February 2024 22:15 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump may be the current 2024 Republican frontrunner but his mounting legal problems are threatening his chance of even appearing on the presidential election ballot in some states.

Political activists and government watchdog organisations have pushed for states to bar the former president from being an option for voters by invoking a little-known provision of the 14th Amendment.

Section Three of the amendment prohibits those who take part in insurrections or who aided enemies of the United States government from taking office…

John Bowden and Ariana Baio take a look at the amendment and its significance today:

Why does the 14th Amendment bar Trump from Colorado’s election ballot?

Tucker Carlson’s Putin interview will ‘blow up’ US election, according to Russian propaganda

Wednesday 7 February 2024 21:15 , Oliver O’Connell

A Russian propagandist working for Kremlin-controlled state TV has claimed that Tucker Carlson’s interview with President Vladimir Putin is set to “blow up” the upcoming US election.

The Kremlin confirmed on Wednesday that the interview took place on Tuesday, and it is believed to be set for broadcast on Thursday.

Gustaf Kilander reports:

Putin propagandists claim Tucker Carlson interview will ‘blow up’ US election

After Nevada defeat, Haley again lays into Trump and Biden’s ages

Wednesday 7 February 2024 20:15 , Oliver O’Connell

Despite a disastrous result in the Nevada primary where she was beaten by “None of these candidates” in a race in which Donald Trump did not participate, Nikki Haley continues to lay into the former president and current occupant of the Oval Office, Joe Biden, over their respective ages.

The former UN ambassador is focusing all of her energy on her home state of South Carolina where she served as governor for two terms, and has vowed to stay in the race for the Republican Party presidential nomination even after Tuesday’s embarrassing outcome in the Silver State.

Her campaign pitch against both Mr Trump and President Biden is that they are both too old to lead the country, aged 77 and 81 respectively, and that it is time for generational change. Ms Haley is 52.

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Nikki Haley lays into Trump and Biden’s ages again after disastrous night in Nevada

GOP chair Ronna McDaniel to step down following Trump criticism, reports say

Wednesday 7 February 2024 19:15 , Joe Sommerlad

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

John Bowden has the story.

GOP chair Ronna Romney McDaniel to step down, reports say

Trump will be a no-show at tomorrow’s Supreme Court hearing

Wednesday 7 February 2024 18:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Donald Trump is not expected to appear at the Supreme Court on Thursday for oral arguments in the case challenging his presidential primary ballot eligibility in Colorado, a case that could have a huge bearing on this year’s election.

Despite the former president using his recent trials and court proceedings as media coverage to promote his 2024 presidential campaign, the arguments in Trump v Anderson will apparently not serve as such.

Instead, Trump will stay at his home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, before heading to Nevada for Thursday’s Republican caucus.

Ariana Baio reports.

Trump plans to skip SCOTUS hearing on ballot eligibility

Haley hits out at Republican chaos: ‘The definition of insanity’

Wednesday 7 February 2024 17:15 , Joe Sommerlad

The candidate is continuing to ramp up her criticism of Maga Republican dysfunction as her flailing campaign enters its “nothing to lose” phase.

She’s completely right here, the libs will love it but will her message appeal to moderate conservatives in sufficient quantities to make any kind of a difference in South Carolina?

Trump adviser posts meme mocking Haley’s habit of claiming victory even in defeat

Wednesday 7 February 2024 16:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Because Dan Scavino doesn’t know anyone else who would behave in such a manner, now does he?

Fake Biden AI calls traced to Texas company, says New Hampshire AG

Wednesday 7 February 2024 15:15 , Joe Sommerlad

New Hampshire officials say they have found the source of an illegal voter suppression campaign that used an AI-generated imitation of President Biden’s voice.

State attorney general John Formella has named two Texas companies as the entities responsible for the fake calls.

He ordered Life Corporation, the alleged creator of the messages, and Lingo Telecom, the alleged service provider, to immediately cease all violations of New Hampshire election law and cooperate with an investigation.

Io Dodds has more.

Fake Joe Biden AI calls traced to mysterious Texas company, says New Hampshire AG

Biden wins Nevada primary as he keeps focus on Trump for 2020 rematch

Wednesday 7 February 2024 14:15 , Joe Sommerlad

President Joe Biden won an easy victory in Nevada’s Democratic primary on Tuesday over his lone prominent rival in the state, eccentric self-help author Marianne Williamson.

Congressman Dean Phillips, another Democrat running for the party’s nomination, did not participate in the state.

President Biden is all but guaranteed to win the nominating contest out right, having now won Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

John Bowden has this report.

Biden wins Nevada primary as he continues to focus on Trump for 2020 rematch

Trump mocks Haley after humiliating Nevada primary defeat

Wednesday 7 February 2024 13:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Ever the gallant victor, Trump has taken to social media to deride his rival for the Republican presidential nomination after she lost, humiliatingly, to “none of the above” in the state’s primary yesterday.

The loss did not cost Nikki Haley any delegates (Trump is likely to pick up all 26 of those in the Silver State’s competing GOP caucus tomorrow) but does nothing for her claims to be able to mount a serious challenge to the front-runner.

Here’s John Bowden with the full story.

Nikki Haley loses Trump-less Nevada primary to ‘none of these candidates’

Biden lambasts Trump ‘for trying to divide’ US

Wednesday 7 February 2024 12:15 , Namita Singh

After his victory in the Nevada primary, Joe Biden immediately set his sights on Donald Trump, saying that the former US president “is trying to divide us, not unite us; drag us back to the past, not lead us to the future.”

Biden appeared on the ballot along with self-help author Marianne Williamson and other lesser-known Democratic challengers but Minnesota congressman Dean Phillips missed the filing deadline so could not take part.

Why does Nevada have ‘none of these candidates’ ballot option

Wednesday 7 February 2024 11:15 , Namita Singh

Nevada lawmakers added “none of these candidates” as an option in all statewide races as a way post-Watergate for voters to participate but express dissatisfaction with their choices.

“None” can’t win an elected office but it came in first in primary congressional contests in 1976 and 1978. It also finished ahead of both George Bush and Edward Kennedy in Nevada’s 1980 presidential primaries.

Why Haley did not campaign in Nevada

Wednesday 7 February 2024 10:15 , Namita Singh

Nikki Haley had said beforehand she was going to “focus on the states that are fair” and did not campaign in the Nevada in the weeks leading up to the caucuses. Her campaign wrote off the primary results with a reference to Nevada’s famous casino industry.

“Even Donald Trump knows that when you play penny slots the house wins,” spokesperson Olivia Perez-Cubas said. “We didn’t bother to play a game rigged for Trump. We’re full steam ahead in South Carolina and beyond.”

Republican presidential candidate, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley speaks during a campaign rally at the Indigo Hall and Events venue on 5 February 2024 in Spartanburg, South Carolina (Getty Images)Republican presidential candidate, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley speaks during a campaign rally at the Indigo Hall and Events venue on 5 February 2024 in Spartanburg, South Carolina (Getty Images)

Republican presidential candidate, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley speaks during a campaign rally at the Indigo Hall and Events venue on 5 February 2024 in Spartanburg, South Carolina (Getty Images)

Ms Haley’s campaign also balked at the $55,000 fee the Nevada GOP was charging candidates to participate in the caucuses.

“We have not spent a dime nor an ounce of energy on Nevada. We made the decision early on that we were not going to pay $55,000 to a Trump entity to participate in a process that is rigged for Trump,” Ms Haley’s campaign manager Betsy Ankney told reporters on Monday. “Nevada is not and has not been our focus.”

Why AP called the Nevada GOP primary for ‘none of these candidates’

Wednesday 7 February 2024 09:15 , Namita Singh

The top vote-getter in Tuesday’s Republican presidential primary in Nevada wasn’t former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, the only major candidate on the ballot still in the race.

Instead, Nevada voters mounted a ballot-box protest and gave the most votes to “None of these candidates,” a ballot option required by state law.

The Associated Press declared “none of these candidates” the winner at 12.01am based on initial vote results that showed it with a significant lead over Ms 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 per cent of the vote. Ms Haley trailed with 33 per cent.

Republican presidential candidate, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley speaks during a campaign rally at the Indigo Hall and Events venue on 5 February 2024 (Getty Images)Republican presidential candidate, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley speaks during a campaign rally at the Indigo Hall and Events venue on 5 February 2024 (Getty Images)

Republican presidential candidate, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley speaks during a campaign rally at the Indigo Hall and Events venue on 5 February 2024 (Getty Images)

For her to overcome “none of these candidates” and take the lead, she would have needed to win by an overwhelming margin in the ballots left to be counted. But she wasn’t getting that level of support anywhere in the state. In fact, in the county where she was doing best, she wasn’t ahead — she trailed “None of these candidates” by double digits in Washoe County.

Former president Donald Trump did not appear on the ballot.

Governor Joe Lombardo, Nevada’s Republican chief executive, endorsed Mr Trump and publicly indicated his intent to cast his ballot for “None of these candidates.” A significant number of Mr Trump supporters appear to have followed the governor’s lead. Initial returns showed “None of these candidates” leading in seven counties that Mr Trump carried in his 2016 Nevada caucus win.

Why AP called the Nevada Democratic primary for Joe Biden

Wednesday 7 February 2024 08:29 , Namita Singh

President Joe Biden has easily won Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary in Nevada, his second lopsided victory in four days over a mostly unknown field of challengers.

The Associated Press declared Mr Biden the winner at 11.39pm based on initial vote results in Washoe County, the second largest in the state, that showed him eclipsing the rest of the field.

At the time the race was called, Mr Biden led with about 89 per cent of the vote, with “None of these candidates” a very distant second at about six per cent.

Self-help author Marianne Williamson was at about three per cent. US representative Dean Phillips of Minnesota opted to skip the first-in the-west contest in Nevada and did not appear on the ballot.

Joe Biden speaks during a Black History Month reception at the East Room of the White House on 6 February 2024 (Getty Images)Joe Biden speaks during a Black History Month reception at the East Room of the White House on 6 February 2024 (Getty Images)

Joe Biden speaks during a Black History Month reception at the East Room of the White House on 6 February 2024 (Getty Images)

Since declaring Mr Biden the winner, vote results in seven additional counties confirmed his win, most notably in Clark County, home of Las Vegas and by far Nevada’s most populous.

As of 1am, Mr Biden led in Clark with about 90 per cent of the vote, a vast improvement over the 24 per cent he received there in the 2020 Democratic caucuses. That year, his showing in Clark was enough to earn him second place statewide because of its massive population, even though he finished third or worse in the rest of the state.

Although results from the caucuses don’t provide an exact point of comparison, yesterday’s primary results do indicate the president now enjoys a much broader base of support in Nevada than he did against a highly competitive field four years ago.

Trump expected to win caucuses in Nevada

Wednesday 7 February 2024 07:15 , Namita Singh

Donald Trump is expected to handily win the caucuses in Nevada on Wednesday, which should deliver him all 26 of the state’s delegates. Delegates are party members, activists and elected officials who vote at the national party conventions to formally select the party’s nominee.

“If your goal is to win the Republican nomination for president, you go where the delegates are. And it baffles me that Nikki Haley chose not to participate,” Mr Trump’s senior campaign adviser Chris LaCivita said in an interview before the primary.

Why Nevada’s Republican primary is ‘meaningless’ for Haley despite embarrassing outcome

Wednesday 7 February 2024 06:15 , Namita Singh

Nikki Haley has lost Nevada’s symbolic Republican presidential primary as GOP voters resoundingly picked the “none of these candidates” option.

Donald Trump didn’t compete in the primary, which doesn’t award any delegates needed to win the GOP nomination. He’s instead focused on caucuses that will be held on Thursday and will help him move closer to becoming the Republican standard-bearer.

That leaves Tuesday’s Republican results technically meaningless. But they still amount to an embarrassment for Ms Haley, who has sought to position herself as a candidate who can genuinely compete against Mr Trump.

Republican presidential candidate, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley speaks during a campaign rally at the Indigo Hall and Events venue on 5 February 2024 in Spartanburg, South Carolina (Getty Images)Republican presidential candidate, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley speaks during a campaign rally at the Indigo Hall and Events venue on 5 February 2024 in Spartanburg, South Carolina (Getty Images)

Republican presidential candidate, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley speaks during a campaign rally at the Indigo Hall and Events venue on 5 February 2024 in Spartanburg, South Carolina (Getty Images)

Instead, she became the first presidential candidate from either party to lose a race to “none of these candidates” since that option was introduced in Nevada in 1975.

Ms Haley had said beforehand she was going to “focus on the states that are fair” and did not campaign in the western state in the weeks leading up to the caucuses. Her campaign wrote off the primary results with a reference to Nevada’s famous casino industry.

BREAKING: Nikki Haley loses Trump-less Nevada primary to ‘none of these candidates’

Wednesday 7 February 2024 05:14 , Mike Bedigan

Ready the full story from John Bowden as former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley suffers embarassment in Nevada.

Nikki Haley loses a Trump-free Nevada primary

Nikki Haley loses Nevada primary to ‘none of these candidates’

Wednesday 7 February 2024 05:13 , Mike Bedigan

Nikki Haley has suffered humiliation in Nevada after being projected to lose the non-binding Nevada Republican primary to… no one.

Ms Haley was the only significant candidate on the ballot, after Donald Trump chose not compete.

However a “none of these candidates” option was available to voters – which expresses dissatisfaction with all of the candidates on the ballot.

The state-mandated contest isn’t officially part of the Republican nominating process and won’t award any delegates.

The state’s delegates will be awarded based on the results of party-run caucuses Thursday, where Trump will be the only major candidate on the ballot.

Biden: ‘Let’s keep up this momentum’ following Nevada win

Wednesday 7 February 2024 05:07 , Mike Bedigan

Biden wins Nevada primary as he continues to focus on Trump for 2020 rematch

Wednesday 7 February 2024 05:00 , Mike Bedigan

President Joe Biden is projected to win the Nevada Democratic primary, edging him closer to a likely rematch against his old foe Donald Trump in November.

Read the full story from The Independent’s John Bowden here:

Biden wins Nevada primary as he continues to focus on Trump for 2020 rematch

Biden projected winner in Nevada Democratic primary

Wednesday 7 February 2024 04:48 , Mike Bedigan

Joe Biden is projected to win Nevada’s Democratic presidential primary.

The president faced little oppostion on Tuesday, and will gain delegates in the Silver State. The race was called by US networks at around 8.40pm PT.

His win comes just days after he earned his first official victory of the 2024 nominating race in the South Carolina primary on Saturday.

Biden projected winner in Nevada Democratic primary (AP)Biden projected winner in Nevada Democratic primary (AP)

Biden projected winner in Nevada Democratic primary (AP)

Haley campaign defends her non-participation in Nevada caucus

Wednesday 7 February 2024 04:43 , Mike Bedigan

Nikki Haley’s campaign previously defended the decision for her not appearing in the Nevada caucus on Thursday, claiming that the process was “rigged” in favour of her GOP rival Donald Trump.

“We have not spent a dime nor an ounce of energy on Nevada. We aren’t going to pay $55,000 to a Trump entity to participate in a process that is rigged for Trump. Nevada is not and has never been our focus,” said Haley campaign manager Betsy Ankney said during a press call on Monday.

“I’m truly not sure what the Trump team is up to out there, but they seem pretty spun up about it.”

Mr Trump does not appear on the ballot in the state-run primary on Tuesday.

Polls still open in three Nevada counties

Wednesday 7 February 2024 04:32 , Mike Bedigan

Polls are still open in three Nevada counties, according to the secretary of state’s office and reported by the Reno Gazette Journal.

The office reportedly did not say which counties.

The wait continues…

Opinion: The GOP’s primary/ caucus ‘mess’ has made Nevada nearly irrelevant this year

Wednesday 7 February 2024 03:49 , Mike Bedigan

On the somewhat confusing situation playing out at Nevada polling stations this week,The Independent’s John Bowden comments:

“Nevada’s GOP did this to themselves. Don’t be surprised if the state gets relegated further back in the Republican primary calendar in 2028; their confusing mess of a primary-and-caucus made the state nearly irrelevant this year.

“That means less money for consultants, polling outfits and other operatives in the state. There will be a lot of grumbling about how this was handled for state party leaders to contend with in the months ahead.”

The hidden way Trump could still beat Haley in the Nevada primary

Wednesday 7 February 2024 03:20 , Mike Bedigan

Confusingly, Nevada is staging two parallel Republican events this year, preventing Donald Trump and Nikki Haley from going head-to-head as they did in Iowa and New Hampshire.

The former president will not appear on the mandatory state-run Republican primary will be held on Tuesday.

Joe Sommerlad explains how, despite this, voters may still be able to find a way to make their allegiance to Mr Trump known.

How Nikki Haley could lose to Trump in Nevada – even though he’s not on the ballot

Nevada primary polls now closing

Wednesday 7 February 2024 03:08 , Mike Bedigan

Polls are now closing across Nevada as the deadline to vote of 7pm is reached.

Recap: A state-run presidential primary is being held on Tuesday, which will not impact the state’s delegate allocation to the Republican National Convention.

Those delegates will be awarded based on the results of the party-run caucuses held on Thursday, during which Donald Trump is the only major candidate on the ballot.

As such, the former president faces no serious opposition to take the twenty-six Nevada delegates that are at stake in the caucuses.

His only significant remaining Nikki Haley is the only major candidate on Tuesday’s primary ballot.

Nevada primary faces initial low voter turnout

Wednesday 7 February 2024 02:44 , Mike Bedigan

The day of the Nevada primary started with lower-than-expected voter turnout.

The Associated Press reported, per officials, that in the first two hours after polls opened, just 183 people had voted in person in Washoe County, the state’s second-largest county by population.

In Clark County, home to Las Vegas and Nevada’s most-populated county, 2,298 people voted in person during the same two-hour period. Nevada voters also have the option to vote by mail or before election day.

Polling in GOP Nevada primary to close shortly

Wednesday 7 February 2024 02:36 , Mike Bedigan

Polls in Nevada for Tuesday’s Republican primary are set to close shortly, at 7pm PT. On Thursday the GOP is also organising a caucus.

However, the two remaining significant candidates – Nikki Haley and Donald Trump – will not be pitted against each other this time.

Ms Haley appearing will appear on Tuesday’s ballot competing against three lesser-known contenders and Mr Trump will appear in the latter contest and running against Texas pastor Ryan Binkey.

The Independent’s John Bowden explains why the outcome of the GOP contests in Nevada may not even matter:

Nevada is the next contest of the 2024 GOP primary. Here’s why it doesn’t matter

Christie warns second Trump term will be a ‘vendetta presidency’

Tuesday 6 February 2024 23:45 , Oliver O’Connell

Chris Christie has warned that a second Donald Trump term in the White House would become a “vendetta presidency” where the former president would go after those he feels have wronged him.

Gustaf Kilander has the story:

Chris Christie warns a Trump second term will be a ‘vendetta presidency’

Haley signals to Trump that she’s in it for the long haul

Tuesday 6 February 2024 23:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Nikki Haley isn’t going anywhere.

At least, that’s the message her campaign is trying to get across this week as February begins and the battle for her home state of South Carolina ramps up.

Still trailing Donald Trump by a hefty margin in all national polling and most surveys of upcoming primary states, the former governor and UN ambassador is battling a perception that was born months before Iowa and New Hampshire voted: the idea that the race is over.

That idea became reality for many Republicans, particularly in Washington, after Mr Trump’s twin victories in the first two states of 2024. But Ms Haley is holding on like a barnacle, clinging to an 11-point margin of defeat in New Hampshire and her belief that she can close that gap even further in a state where she was governor for eight years.

John Bowden reports:

Nikki Haley signals to Donald Trump that she’s in it for the long haul

Biden supporting super PAC to spend $40m attacking Trump over legal crises

Tuesday 6 February 2024 22:15 , Joe Sommerlad

The Unite the Country super PAC is reportedly set to spend a huge chunk of change amplifying Donald Trump’s many, many legal problems to make the case for a second Joe Biden term.

NBC reports that the group believes that while Trump has, so far, managed to turn adversity to his advantage and spin his four criminal indictments and 91 felony charges into a grand conspiracy narrative with which to whip up conservative support (and fundraising), his success rate could soon taper off once the general election contest cranks into gear in earnest.

Steve Schale, the group’s director, says more moderate Republicans could begin to become wary of Trump’s legal travails, particularly if they result in criminal convictions or even jail time, and could be persuaded to turn blue for Biden.

“We feel like this section of the electorate is critical, if not the critical, swing vote,” Schale says.

“We plan on leaning in early and often on this.”

Biden says he has to ‘hold my Irish temper’ when talking about Trump

Tuesday 6 February 2024 21:15 , Joe Sommerlad

President Joe Biden told a group of donors to his re-election bid on Sunday that the mere thought of his predecessor’s callous attitude towards the nation’s military veterans and honoured war dead forces him to expend extra energy to keep his anger in check.

Andrew Feinberg has more.

Biden says he has to ‘hold my Irish temper’ when talking Trump at campaign fundraiser

Christie warns a Trump second term will be a ‘vendetta presidency’

Tuesday 6 February 2024 20:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Speaking with ABC News in his first interview since dropping out of the Republican race about a month ago, the former New Jersey governor said a second Trump administration would amount to a “vendetta presidency” and have a massive personnel problem.

Gustaf Kilander has more.

Chris Christie warns a Trump second term will be a ‘vendetta presidency’

Biden confuses Macron with dead French president Mitterrand in campaign speech

Tuesday 6 February 2024 19:15 , Joe Sommerlad

President Joe Biden appeared to confuse French president Emmanuel Macron with Francois Mitterrand, the former leader of France who died in 1996, during a campaign speech on Sunday.

The mix-up occurred during a campaign event in Las Vegas, where Biden told an anecdote about a meeting with G7 leaders back in June 2021.

Martha McHardy is here to clear up the confusion.

Biden confuses Macron with dead French president Mitterrand in campaign speech

Trump does not have immunity from election conspiracy charges, appeals court rules

Tuesday 6 February 2024 18:15 , Joe Sommerlad

A federal appeals court has ruled that Donald Trump does not have “immunity” from prosecution for crimes committed while he was in office, landing another major blow to his efforts to evade criminal charges for his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

His attorneys are expected to swiftly appeal to the full bench of appeals court judges, or up to the US Supreme Court, teeing up another major constitutional test involving Trump’s campaign at the nation’s highest court.

“For the purpose of this criminal case, former President Trump has become citizen Trump, with all of the defenses of any other criminal defendant,” judges with the US District Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, wrote on Tuesday.

“But any executive immunity that may have protected him while he served as president no longer protects him against this prosecution.”

Alex Woodward has more.

Appeals court rejects Trump’s immunity claim in Jan 6 case

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