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Pic: Nikki Haley loses primary to ‘none of these candidates’

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley rallied with supporters on March 13, 2023 at Horry-Georgetown Technical College in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as she seeks the Republican nomination for president in 2024, on March 13, 2023. (Jason Lee/Myrtle Beach Sun News/TNS)
February 07, 2024

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley lost Tuesday’s Republican presidential primary election in Nevada to the “none of these candidates” option on the primary ballot.

According to Fox News, while former President Donald Trump’s name was not on the ballot in Tuesday’s GOP primary in Nevada, Haley was not able to secure a win against the former president, falling far short of the “none of these candidates” option included on the primary ballot. Speaking with Trump supporters at various Nevada polling locations, Fox News reported that many voters cast their votes for “none of these candidates” in support of the former president.

According to the Associated Press, “none of these candidates” received 63.2% of the vote with 43,893 votes, while Haley received 30.5% of the vote with 21,199 votes. As votes were still being counted, Turning Point USA CEO Charlie Kirk shared a picture on X, formerly Twitter, of Haley losing to the “none of these candidates” option.

While Haley appeared on the state’s primary ballot, her campaign claimed that Nevada was not a priority for the former South Carolina governor. According to Fox News, Haley had not appeared in Nevada since the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership conference in October.

“In terms of Nevada, we have not spent a dime nor an ounce of energy on Nevada,” Betsy Ankney, Haley’s campaign manager said on Monday. “So Nevada is not and has never been our focus.”

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After the Associated Press projected “none of these candidates” as the winner of the Nevada GOP primary, Trump slammed Haley in a post on Truth Social, saying, “A bad night for Nikki Haley. Losing by almost 30 points in Nevada to ‘None of These Candidates.’ Watch, she’ll soon claim Victory!”

While Trump’s name did not appear on the GOP primary ballot in Nevada on Tuesday, the former president will participate in the Republican Party’s presidential caucus in the state on Thursday. The state GOP prohibited candidates from participating in both the primary and the caucus.

As Haley has vowed to continue her 2024 presidential campaign, Trump’s campaign has continued to take shots at the former South Carolina governor, who currently trails by a significant margin in state polls. On Tuesday, Chris LaCivita, a senior Trump campaign adviser, tweeted, “More embarrassment coming in South Carolina …the @NikkiHaley Delusional Tour continues.”