Republican presidential rivals Nikki Haley and Donald Trump are turning their attention to the western state of Nevada this week, which is holding a state-run primary on Tuesday followed by a GOP-organised caucus on Thursday.

The candidates will not be pitted against each other this time, however, with Ms Haley appearing in the former and competing against three lesser-known contenders and Mr Trump in the latter contest and running against Texas pastor Ryan Binkey.

The state’s 26 delegates will only be available in the caucus but Ms Haley may be able to pick up some much-needed momentum for her campaign ahead of this month’s crucial showdown in South Carolina if she can make a strong showing.

On Saturday, President Joe Biden unsurprisingly won the first Democratic primary of this election year, also in South Carolina, taking a majority of the votes and delegates as he easily beat Minnesota representative Dean Phillips and self-help author Marianne Williamson.

The incumbent’s rivals have received minimal media attention and appear not to stand any realistic chance of upsetting Mr Biden’s bid for a second term in the White House but continue to run in the interest of offering voters an alternative.

Key Points

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

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

  • Who might Trump pick as running mate?

  • Haley applies for Secret Service protection as threats to her grow

  • Can South Carolina save Haley’s bid for the White House?

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

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’

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’

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’

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

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?

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’

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

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.

Continue reading:

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

Trump ally shut down after suggesting he could defy Supreme Court if re-elected

Monday 5 February 2024 18:15 , Oliver O’Connell

Republican senator JD Vance – who is reportedly being considered for Donald Trump’s potential administration – repeated baseless claims about the 2020 presidential election and falsely asserted that Mr Trump as president could defy the US Supreme Court.

The Ohio senator told ABC News on Sunday that unlike then-vice-president Mike Pence, he would not have certified the results of the 2020 election, which he falsely claimed is the “legitimate way” to handle contested results from states that Mr Trump lost.

There is no provision in the US Constitution to do so, nor is there any evidence of widespread election fraud that manipulated 2020’s outcome against Mr Trump.

Alex Woodward has the story:

JD Vance shut down after suggesting Trump could defy Supreme Court

Voices: Trump’s legal woes could yet derail his presidential campaign

Monday 5 February 2024 17:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Here’s Jon Sopel on how Trump’s race to the Republican nomination could yet be thwarted by the courts.

Trump’s legal woes could derail his presidential bid – but not in the way you think

Trump names two potential running mates

Monday 5 February 2024 15:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Donald Trump has given the names of two possible candidates to be his running mate in the event that he beats Nikki Haley to become the Republican Party’s nominee for president, as it is widely expected he will.

Interviewed by Maria Bartiromo for her Fox show Sunday Morning Futures, Trump was asked when qualities he was looking for in a prospective vice president and said: “It’s got to be who would [be] able to be a good president. I mean, you always have to think that because you know, a civil emergency… Things happen right? No matter who you are, things happen. It’s got to be number one. Who’s your enemy?”

He said that there were “a lot of good people” in contention for the role and said he would make an announcement on the matter “in a little while”.

Pressed for names, he mentioned South Carolina senator Tim Scott and South Dakota governor Kristi Noem.

Trump said that Scott, who was briefly a rival for the GOP nomination, had been “very low-key” as a candidate but had since impressed him stumping on his behalf while Noem had likewise proven herself an “incredible” campaigner.

Polls show what Americans really think of a Biden-Trump rematch

Monday 5 February 2024 13:15 , Joe Sommerlad

For much of his time in the White House, Joe Biden has faced low approval ratings. In addition, a steady stream of polls last year showed him losing to Donald Trump in a hypothetical rematch.

Progressives warned that Biden’s handling of the Israel-Gaza war, in particular, would risk him losing support among young people. Rising cost of living prices in 2021 and 2022 also caused his approval to take a hit — as well as the US exit from Afghanistan, which led to the deaths of 13 US servicemembers. More than a few surveys have shown that Biden’s age also remains a problem for him, despite the fact Trump is only a few years younger.

Yet, with the exception of Republican primary voters, most voters did not believe that the United States would undertake another Trump-Biden election. We moved from denial that it could ever happen; to anger at the realisation that no other candidates would challenge Biden; to bargaining (what if we could convince a Democratic Biden challenger? What if Nikki Haley, Ron DeSantis or someone else could beat Trump in a primary?) It was a very American progression through the classic stages of grief.

Now, it appears that we are moving from depression to acceptance. Trump’s overwhelming victories have made it clear that there’s really no other option — and make no mistake: regardless of how pundits spin it, Trump still has an iron grip on a large portion of the GOP.

Here’s more from Eric Garcia.

Polls show what Americans really think of a Biden-Trump rematch

Biden wins South Carolina primary

Monday 5 February 2024 11:21 , Joe Sommerlad

The president unsurprisingly won the South Carolina Democratic primary on Saturday, taking a majority of the votes and delegates in the Democratic Party’s first official primary of the 2024 election season.

Biden was running against two lesser-known candidates: Minnesota representative Dean Phillips and self-help author Marianne Williamson, neither of whom have been given much media attention or appear to stand any realistic chance of making a mark on his bid for a second term in the White House.

Here’s more from Ariana Baio.

Biden wins South Carolina primary – initiating path to 2024 nomination

Biden or bust: Why Democrats are sticking with an unpopular incumbent

Sunday 4 February 2024 14:00 , Gustaf Kilander

VIDEO: Biden Calls 2024 Race ‘Weirdest Ever’ as Trump’s Behavior Worsens

Sunday 4 February 2024 13:00 , Gustaf Kilander

Voters won’t gleefully waltz to the polls

Sunday 4 February 2024 11:00 , Joe Sommerlad

At this point, it’s quite hard for people to change their opinions on either Trump or Biden. Both have been in the public eye for a long time. Trump has been running for president for more than eight years now, and Biden for five.

Biden being the incumbent when most people feel the state of the country is lousy, if improving, puts him at a significant disadvantage. Meanwhile, Trump’s biggest advantage is that people will look upon the pre-Covid economy over which he presided and wish for that, despite the concerns around his erratic behaviour, his pronouncements of authoritarian wishes and dwindling abortion rights. Biden hopes that the economy that he is selling with higher wages and better jobs — alongside a sturdy democracy and protecting women’s rights — will be enough for people to look past the rising prices of the past few years.

But just because voters have accepted their fate does not mean they will gleefully waltz to the polls. After all, grieving is never that straightforward.

Some flashing red lights for Biden

Sunday 4 February 2024 08:00 , Eric Garcia

There are still some flashing red lights for Biden in the recent Quinnipiac poll — namely that Trump slightly leads among Hispanic voters.

Two additional polls show that Biden is in trouble. Morning Consult found that Biden trails Trump in seven swing states — Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Nevada, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona and Georgia — with Trump having an eight-point lead in Nevada, a state Biden won last time around. Trump also holds a three-point lead in Biden’s home state of Pennsylvania and, despite the case in Fulton County, an eight-point lead in Georgia.

Similarly, CNN released a poll showing that Trump holds a four-point lead, showing the spread is the same as it was in December. It showed 34 per cent of Americans have a favourable opinion of Biden while 39 per cent have a favourable opinion of Trump. While that might help the former president, it’s not exactly a ringing endorsement.

In Pics: The scene from South Carolina

Sunday 4 February 2024 06:30 , Ariana Baio

A voter checks in at polling location during the South Carolina Democratic Primary on February 3, 2024, in Orangeburg, South Carolina. (AFP via Getty Images)A voter checks in at polling location during the South Carolina Democratic Primary on February 3, 2024, in Orangeburg, South Carolina. (AFP via Getty Images)

A voter checks in at polling location during the South Carolina Democratic Primary on February 3, 2024, in Orangeburg, South Carolina. (AFP via Getty Images)

A family casts their ballot in the Democratic Primary at the Eastbridge Presbyterian Church on February 03, 2024 in Mount Pleasant, South CarolinaA family casts their ballot in the Democratic Primary at the Eastbridge Presbyterian Church on February 03, 2024 in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (Getty Images)A family casts their ballot in the Democratic Primary at the Eastbridge Presbyterian Church on February 03, 2024 in Mount Pleasant, South CarolinaA family casts their ballot in the Democratic Primary at the Eastbridge Presbyterian Church on February 03, 2024 in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (Getty Images)

A family casts their ballot in the Democratic Primary at the Eastbridge Presbyterian Church on February 03, 2024 in Mount Pleasant, South CarolinaA family casts their ballot in the Democratic Primary at the Eastbridge Presbyterian Church on February 03, 2024 in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (Getty Images)

Trump’s election conspiracy trial is off the calendar for now. New York is next

Sunday 4 February 2024 05:00 , Ariana Baio

On Friday afternoon, the judge overseeing Donald Trump’s federal election conspiracy case made it official: his trial date is no more, and the court will set a new one at another time.

A forthcoming appeals court decision on whether Mr Trump can claim “immunity” for crimes allegedly committed while in office will likely be appealed by either Mr Trump or special prosecutor Jack Smith up to the US Supreme Court, depending which way the court rules. Another appeal will further delay proceedings in an election year where the Republican Party’s potential nominee for president is facing the prospect of sitting in four courtrooms to face 91 criminal charges.

Alex Woodward reports:

Trump’s election conspiracy trial is off the calendar for now. New York is next

Watch: Biden speaks to staff and supporters at Delaware HQ

Sunday 4 February 2024 03:00 , Ariana Baio

Biden’s improvement among women helps him in poll v Trump

Sunday 4 February 2024 01:00 , Eric Garcia

Earlier this week, Quinnipiac University releasing a poll showing that Biden beats Trump by six points. In particular, Biden shot up among women voters by five points, likely the result of Trump bragging regularly that he nominated the three Supreme Court justices who facilitated the death of Roe v Wade. Increased headlines about him having to pay more than $83 million for defaming E Jean Carroll likely won’t help him. And his habit of regularly insulting Nikki Haley – a Republican that many suburban women could see themselves supporting if she had a snowball’s chance — won’t endear him much to swing voters, either.

Biden also got an unexpected boost on Friday when the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the US economy added 353,000 jobs. That gives him much-needed proof that the economy is generally improving. While many people continue to feel lousy about the economy, signs exist that voters do think it has turned the corner. Biden will need to hammer the message home.

Biden wins South Carolina primary – initiating path to 2024 nomination

Sunday 4 February 2024 00:36 , Ariana Baio

President Joe Biden unsurprisingly won the South Carolina Democratic primary on Saturday, taking a majority of the votes and delegates in the Democratic Party’s first official primary of the 2024 election season.

The Associated Press called the primary in favour of Mr Biden approximately 30 minutes after polls closed at 7pm EST.

Ariana Baio reports:

Biden wins South Carolina primary – initiating path to 2024 nomination

Polls close in South Carolina

Sunday 4 February 2024 00:00 , Ariana Baio

Polls have officially closed in South Carolina, now officials will count ballot to determine which candidate has claimed victory in the Palmetto State.

Inside the Race: Where Biden lands with voters ahead of SC primary

Saturday 3 February 2024 23:30 , Ariana Baio

VIDEO: Support for Joe Biden in south Carolina

Saturday 3 February 2024 22:45 , Gustaf Kilander

What to watch for in South Carolina

Saturday 3 February 2024 22:00 , Ariana Baio

As the South Carolina Democratic primary gets underway, here are two things to watch for as results come in.

The president is hoping for a big win in the first Democratic primary of the season. Four years ago, Mr Biden emerged from South Carolina with more than 50 per cent of the vote. Going into a turbulent election year, he’s hoping for the same or a bigger win.

Mr Biden has spent a considerable amount of time appealing to Black voters to try and obtain their support. Among record-low approval ratings, the president cannot afford to lose any votes.

Biden leads candidates in South Carolina polling

Saturday 3 February 2024 21:30 , Ariana Baio

President Joe Biden is expected to win South Carolina tonight as polls show him leading Representative Dean Phillips and self-help author Marianne Williamson.

In polling from Emerson College, approximately 69 per cent of Democratic primary voters in South Carolina say they plan to vote for Mr Biden while only 5 per cent support Mr Phillips and 3 per cent support Ms Williamson.

Approximately 22 per cent of voters said they were undecided.

The ultimate outcome will arrive tonight after polls close at 7pm EST.

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

Saturday 3 February 2024 21:00 , Ariana Baio

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.

This year, Nevada is playing with fire by staging both state-run Republican and Democratic primaries and a separate party-run GOP caucus, effectively giving registered conservative voters two opportunities to pick their preferred candidates for the Republican nomination.

The state-run primaries are scheduled for 6 February while the Nevada Republican Party’s caucus will follow two days later on 8 February.

Joe Sommerlad reports:

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

One thing Biden and Trump have in common? A love for ‘Morning Joe’

Saturday 3 February 2024 20:33 , Andrew Feinberg

As President Joe Biden gears up for a re-election rematch against former president Donald Trump, he’ll be highlighting significant differences between himself and the man he defeated and evicted from the White House four years ago.

But there’s one thing Mr Biden and Mr Trump definitely have in common: a television diet that includes long-running MSNBC programme Morning Joe.

According to Axios, Mr Biden’s top aides often appear during the four-hour show’s second hour, between 7.00 am and 7.40 am, in hopes of catching the president’s eye.

Mr Biden also reportedly frequently calls on the show’s namesake host, former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough, to use him as a sounding board and complain about media coverage of his administration.

Scarborough and his co-host (and wife since 2018), veteran broadcast journalist Mika Brzezinski, are also favourites of Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, who hosted them at the VP’s official residence for dinner last month.

Joe Biden posts video encouraging South Carolinians to go vote

Saturday 3 February 2024 19:30 , Ariana Baio

Where does Trump stand in national polls?

Saturday 3 February 2024 19:00 , Ariana Baio

Checking in with the 2024 Republican primary polling, Donald Trump still remains the frontrunner with approximately 73 per cent support, according to FiveThirtyEight.

Nikki Haley, who has been picking up traction though not nearly to the speed of Mr Trump, is polling around 17 per cent nationally.

Why is South Carolina the first state to hold a primary?

Saturday 3 February 2024 18:30 , Ariana Baio

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) made South Carolina officially the first state to hold a Democratic primary this year, passing by Iowa and New Hampshire.

The decision was made approximately a year ago, per President Joe Biden’s recommendation to restructure the calendar to emphasize Black and Latino voters.

In South Carolina, Black voters make up the majority of the Democratic electorate.

DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison said last year the new calendar, “puts Black voters at the front of the process.”

Biden emphasizes need to defeat Trump

Saturday 3 February 2024 18:00 , Ariana Baio

While giving remarks at his campaign headquarters in Delaware, President Joe Biden gave remarks to some staff and supporters about the importance of defeating Donald Trump.

“There’s a lot at stake here, folks. We have an enormous obligation,” Mr Biden said.

Mr Biden was joined by his wife, Dr Jill Biden as well as Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff.

“This is not just a campaign. This is more of a mission. We cannot, we cannot, we cannot lose this campaign, for the good of the country,” Mr Biden added.

Jobs are hot, the economy is doing well. So why are people still sour on Joe Biden?

Saturday 3 February 2024 17:00 , Ariana Baio

President Joe Biden got another boost on Friday when the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the US economy has added 353,000 jobs and that unemployment remains at a steady 3.7 per cent.

And jobs aren’t the only part of the economy that looks great right now.

Hourly earnings grew by 4.5 per cent in the past year, outpacing inflation for the past 12 months. This means that even as prices rise, Americans are taking more money home.

So why do people still feel so lousy when it comes to Mr Biden’s handle on the economy?

Eric Garcia reports:

Jobs are hot, the economy is doing well. So why are people still sour on Joe Biden?

In pics: Voters prepare to vote in Democratic primary

Saturday 3 February 2024 16:00 , Ariana Baio

A sign is displayed at a polling location during the South Carolina Democratic Primary on February 3, 2024 in St. Matthews, South Carolina. (AFP via Getty Images)A sign is displayed at a polling location during the South Carolina Democratic Primary on February 3, 2024 in St. Matthews, South Carolina. (AFP via Getty Images)

A sign is displayed at a polling location during the South Carolina Democratic Primary on February 3, 2024 in St. Matthews, South Carolina. (AFP via Getty Images)

A person votes, as Democrats hold their first presidential primary election, at a polling station in Greenville Senior High School in Greenville, South Carolina, U.S., February 3, 2024. (REUTERS)A person votes, as Democrats hold their first presidential primary election, at a polling station in Greenville Senior High School in Greenville, South Carolina, U.S., February 3, 2024. (REUTERS)

A person votes, as Democrats hold their first presidential primary election, at a polling station in Greenville Senior High School in Greenville, South Carolina, U.S., February 3, 2024. (REUTERS)

The Nigh family prepares to cast their ballot in the Democratic Primary at the Eastbridge Presbyterian Church on February 03, 2024 in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (Getty Images)The Nigh family prepares to cast their ballot in the Democratic Primary at the Eastbridge Presbyterian Church on February 03, 2024 in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (Getty Images)

The Nigh family prepares to cast their ballot in the Democratic Primary at the Eastbridge Presbyterian Church on February 03, 2024 in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (Getty Images)

Biden not travelling to South Carolina today

Saturday 3 February 2024 15:28 , Ariana Baio

President Joe Biden will not travel to South Carolina today ahead of the first Democratic primary.

The president instead will be visiting Los Angeles and Santa Monica, California as the region faces extreme weather. He will then travel to Las Vegas, Nevada where he will hold a campaign event.

South Carolina primary today

Saturday 3 February 2024 14:51 , Ariana Baio

South Carolina will host the first official Democratic primary today where a majority of voters are expected to cast their ballot for President Joe Biden.

But the president is still hoping for a big win to boost campaign visibility and support.

Polls will open in South Carolina at 7am EST and close at 7pm EST – results are expected to roll in shortly after polls close.

Fani Willis admits relationship with prosecutor in Trump case but rejects ‘meritless’ accusations

Saturday 3 February 2024 14:45 , Katie Hawkinson

Fulton County district Attorney Fani Willis has formally responded to allegations that she had an improper relationship with a special prosecutor she hired to lead a sprawling election interference case against Donald Trump.

In a 176-page court filing on Friday, Ms Willis admitted her relationship with outside prosecutor Nathan Wade but rejected “meritless” and “salacious” accusations from Republican officials and defendants in the case, and denied allegations of misconduct or claims that her relationship tainted the proceedings.

The “bad faith” attempts to disqualify her should be “summarily denied,” according to her filing in Fulton County Superior Court.

Read more about this update from Alex Woodward:

Fani Willis rejects ‘salacious’ accusations in Trump election crimes case

Trump’s election conspiracy trial is off the calendar for now. New York is next

Saturday 3 February 2024 13:45 , Katie Hawkinson

On 4 March, Donald Trump was due to stand trial in a federal courthouse in Washington DC for criminal charges surrounding his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

But the date, roughly one month away, dropped off the court’s calendar this week, signalling what had long been anticipated and what federal prosecutors have warned judges would happen: the former president’s attempts to evade criminal prosecution by claiming “presidential immunity” have thrown the schedule off track.

It was all but expected. After Mr Trump’s “immunity” defence was shot down by the federal judge overseeing his case, his appeal has effectively ground proceedings to a halt for the last two months.

Alex Woodward has the story:

Trump’s election conspiracy trial is off the calendar for now. New York is next

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

Saturday 3 February 2024 12:45 , Katie Hawkinson

The death of Build Back Better in 2021 disappointed Democrats for many reasons. One of the primary reasons was that it signaled the end of the expanded child tax credit that passed in the American Rescue Plan, the Covid-19 relief legislation that President Joe Biden signed at the beginning of his presidency. But that happened largely thanks to opposition from Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who is now retiring.Read more analysis from The Independent’s Washington, DC Bureau Chief Eric Garcia:

Republicans hope to keep up child poverty to reelect Trump

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

Saturday 3 February 2024 11:45 , Joe Sommerlad

Nevada will be the next state to vote for the Republican nominee for president.

But one could be forgiven for not remembering that fact, given the lack of media attention.

Both Nikki Haley and Donald Trump, the only two prominent contenders remaining in the fight for the Republican presidential nomination, are technically on the ballot in Nevada.

But they are on different ones — Haley is competing in the state’s primary and Trump is competing in the caucuses.

The two won’t actually be “against” each other in the state, as Republican voters can choose to participate in both the primary and the caucus, which will be held on different days.

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

Here’s John Bowden to explain.

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

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