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 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

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

Majority of Americans don’t trust Supreme Court to rule fairly on 2024 election cases, poll finds

Tuesday 6 February 2024 17:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Here’s Maroosha Muzaffar with more from the same poll, which also identified a large proportion of the American electorate suspicious of the conservative-majority on the Supreme Court.

Most Americans don’t trust Supreme Court to rule fairly on 2024 election cases – poll

Most Americans want verdict on Trump election charges before 2024 vote, poll finds

Tuesday 6 February 2024 16:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Nearly half of Americans say that they want federal courts to reach a verdict on Donald Trump’s criminal charges stemming from his efforts to overturn the 2020 election before votes are cast in this year’s presidential election.

A CNN poll released on Monday found that 43 per cent of Americans see a resolution to that matter as a necessity given that Trump is likely to be the Republican nominee for president this year.

The share of respondents who agreed was markedly higher than the percentage of Americans who said it wasn’t important to their vote, which was around one in five, or the share who said the trial should be postponed until after the election (which was just 11 per cent). A further 16 per cent said they hoped the trial would conclude before November, but were not overly concerned with the outcome’s timing.

The poll is another piece in the growing pile of evidence suggesting that the greatest threat to Trump’s desired second term (beyond his unparalleled unfavourability ratings) remains his four criminal trials. The ex-president is facing a total of 91 felony counts, with prosecutors in two separate jurisdictions are alleging that he committed criminal acts in the course of attempting to reverse Joe Biden’s lawful victory in the 2020 election.

John Bowden takes a closer look.

Most Americans want verdict on Trump election charges before 2024 vote, poll finds

Trump says US elections are ‘not free and fair’

Tuesday 6 February 2024 15:15 , Joe Sommerlad

The Republican front-runner gave an interview to Rob Schmitt of Newsmax last night in which he said, among many other things, that it is time for Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel to go, that the US no longer has “free and fair elections” and that the country is “pathetic”.

Trump taunts Haley ahead of Nevada by declaring primaries ‘seem to be over’

Tuesday 6 February 2024 14:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Donald Trump has taunted his rival for the Republican presidential rival Nikki Haley ahead of this week’s primary and caucus in Nevada, declaring on Truth Social that the nomination process “seems to be over” before pledging to “finish off a very unpopular candidate” in South Carolina later this month.

Amid a very upbeat post about his election prospects, the former president also appeared to signal the end for Ronna McDaniel’s tenure as Republican National Committee chair, unashamedly throwing his weight around as the most popular conservative in the country.

Watch: Haley says Trump isn’t spending on South Carolina race as he ‘needs more money to pay for his legal fees’

Tuesday 6 February 2024 13:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Ooof. He won’t like this one bit.

There’s a hidden way Trump could beat Haley in Nevada’s primary

Tuesday 6 February 2024 12:15 , Joe Sommerlad

As if election season weren’t complicated enough already, Nevada Republicans are holding both a primary and a caucus this year – effectively giving registered conservative voters two chances to declare their preferred candidate for the party’s presidential nomination.

The situation is the result of a dispute between the state and the local branch of the Republican party over a bipartisan bill passed by Nevada’s state legislature in 2021.

The bill stipulated that the Silver State must hold political primaries if more than one candidate is in contention for a given race, doing away with the old party-run caucus system traditionally employed.

As a result, a mandatory state-run Republican primary will be held on Tuesday 6 February.

However, the state Republican party pushed back on this plan and organised that caucuses will also take place on Thursday 8 February.

Under the Nevada Republican party’s rules, candidates are barred from running in both the primary and in the caucuses.

This odd state of play has divided the contenders into two camps and means that Nikki Haley and Donald Trump will not go head-to-head this time around, as they did in Iowa and New Hampshire, but that doesn’t mean Trump supporters can’t spoil her party in the primary.

Here’s how.

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

Primary or caucus? Why not both?

Tuesday 6 February 2024 11:15 , Joe Sommerlad

After Donald Trump stormed the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary in January, blowing away his nearest challengers for the Republican presidential nomination, all eyes now turn to Nevada.

The race to be the GOP’s candidate is now a two-way chase following the exits of Chris Christie, Vivek Ramaswamy, Asa Hutchinson and Ron DeSantis, leaving Nikki Haley the only survivor.

She has it all to do if she is to weaken Trump’s stranglehold over their party after a strong showing in the Granite State that nevertheless left her a distant second.

Haley and Trump next find themselves heading west and thrust into one of the most bizarre electoral systems in the 50 states, where two competing nominating contests are being held.

Because why choose between a primary and a caucus when you could just have both and confuse everybody?

Nevada Republicans can’t decide between a primary or a caucus – so they’re doing both

Haley trolls Trump over ballot claim: ‘He’s confused again’

Tuesday 6 February 2024 07:15 , Oliver O’Connell

Nikki Haley taunted her rival Donald Trump yet again on Thursday, questioning his mental faculties after he claimed she did not qualify for the primary ballot in Indiana.

“Nikki Haley is not on the Ballot in Indiana because she didn’t get enough Petition Signatures – She missed the deadline! If she’s not on in Indiana, she’s not a serious Candidate,” Mr Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform.

“Looks like Donald Trump is confused again,” Ms Haley replied in a post on X. “Another reason why he’s too afraid to debate me.”

Martha McHardy reports:

Nikki Haley trolls Trump over ballot claim: ‘He’s confused again’

Inside Trump’s curious relationship with Fox News

Tuesday 6 February 2024 03:15 , AP

At this moment in the 2024 election cycle, complaining about Fox News — even if for different reasons — may be what unites Donald Trump, Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis the most.

At conservative America’s favourite news source, the Republican nomination process is essentially over and has been for a while, leaving DeSantis and Haley annoyed at perceived favouritism to Trump. Hardly grateful, the former president regularly tears into Fox for what he sees as disloyalty, even ripping his former White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, now a Fox contributor.

The discontent illustrates the ongoing importance of Fox News as an agenda-setter that frequently drives, and not simply reflects, Republican politics. No one can get to the top of the GOP’s hill without it.

It’s also a testament to Fox’s power and influence, said Brian Stelter, media critic and author of two books about Fox News.

Continue reading…

Inside Donald Trump’s curious relationship with Fox News

RFK Jr reveals why he won’t be Trump’s running mate

Monday 5 February 2024 23:15 , Oliver O’Connell

Robert F Kennedy Jr has said that he doesn’t want to be former President Donald Trump’s running mate because he doesn’t “think that my marriage would survive it”.

The ex-Democratic, now independent candidate for president spoke to Variety at the Los Angeles premiere of Curb Your Enthusiasm, which stars his wife, actress Cheryl Hines.

“I think he’s right,” Ms Hines added to the magazine regarding her husband joining the Trump campaign.

Continue reading…

RFK Jr reveals why he couldn’t be Trump’s running mate

Haley applies for Secret Service protection as threats to her grow

Monday 5 February 2024 22:45 , Oliver O’Connell

Nikki Haley has applied for Secret Service protection because of an increasing number of threats she has received as Donald Trump’s last major opponent for the 2024 Republican Party presidential nomination.

The former governor of South Carolina confirmed the application for protection in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.“We’ve had multiple issues,” the former UN ambassador said after a campaign event here. “It’s not going to stop me from doing what I need to do.”

Ms Haley’s campaign did not respond to the Journal’s request for additional details of the nature of the threats she has received.

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

Monday 5 February 2024 22:15 , John Bowden

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.

As New Hampshire’s results came in last month, the Haley campaign insisted that their candidate would remain in the race through March. South Carolina, her advisers argued, presented a good opportunity for a resurgence against Mr Trump. Super Tuesday, they went on to insist, also represented favourable territory thanks to the ability of independent voters to participate in some state contests. Those independents broke heavily for Ms Haley in New Hampshire, and may represent her best shot at building a support base to rival Mr Trump’s.

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

Voices: Republicans hope to keep up child poverty to reelect Trump

Monday 5 February 2024 21:15 , Oliver O’Connell

Republicans hope to keep up child poverty to reelect Trump

Watch: Haley says Trump isn’t spending on South Carolina race as he ‘needs more money to pay for his legal fees’

Monday 5 February 2024 20:45 , Oliver O’Connell

Biden says he has to ‘hold my Irish temper’ as he rages at ‘Donald Hoover Trump’

Monday 5 February 2024 20:15 , Oliver O’Connell

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.

Speaking to guests who’d assembled to hear him speak at a Henderson, Nevada fundraiser, Mr Biden was working through what has become a standard recitation of his record since taking office in 2021 when he turned to the matter of former president Donald Trump’s attitude towards men and women who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice in service of the United States.

He told attendees: “I have to hold my Irish temper” when it comes to that subject.

The matter that so evokes Mr Biden’s anger is a series of comments first reported by The Atlantic regarding Mr Trump’s attitude towards American war dead.

Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC:

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

There’s a hidden way Trump could beat Haley in Nevada’s primary

Monday 5 February 2024 19:45 , Joe Sommerlad

As if election season weren’t complicated enough already, Nevada Republicans are holding both a primary and a caucus this year – effectively giving registered conservative voters two chances to declare their preferred candidate for the party’s presidential nomination.

The situation is the result of a dispute between the state and the local branch of the Republican party over a bipartisan bill passed by Nevada’s state legislature in 2021.

The bill stipulated that the Silver State must hold political primaries if more than one candidate is in contention for a given race, doing away with the old party-run caucus system traditionally employed.

As a result, a mandatory state-run Republican primary will be held on Tuesday 6 February.

However, the state Republican party pushed back on this plan and organised that caucuses will also take place on Thursday 8 February.

Under the Nevada Republican party’s rules, candidates are barred from running in both the primary and in the caucuses.

Continue reading…

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

Who might Trump pick as running mate?

Monday 5 February 2024 19:15 , Oliver O’Connell

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has finally revealed who he is eyeing as his potential vice president.

In an interview with Fox News, airing on Sunday, the former president revealed that South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott are currently on the short list to become his running mate in the 2024 election.

“We have some many good people in the Republican Party,” Mr Trump told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.

Martha McHardy reports:

Trump finally reveals who he’s eyeing for vice president

Watch: Haley criticises Senate border bill

Monday 5 February 2024 18:48 , Oliver O’Connell

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