Former President Donald Trump secured victories in the Virgin Islands and the Nevada caucus, surpassing former United Nations (UN) Ambassador Nikki Haley.
In Nevada, Trump faced off against pastor and entrepreneur Ryan Binkley, securing 48,400 votes to Binkley’s 381. These victories on Thursday mark Trump’s third and fourth wins, following successes in the pivotal early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
Nikki Haley, Trump’s sole remaining rival in the Republican nomination race and former Governor of South Carolina, abstained from the Nevada caucus, opting instead for the Nevada primary held on Tuesday. Haley faced a significant setback in the primary, with 63% of voters selecting “none of the candidates,” effectively voting against her.
During a victory celebration in Las Vegas, Trump optimistically stated, “If we win this state, we easily win the election in November.” Despite the predictable outcome of the Nevada caucus, the state is anticipated to be fiercely contested in the upcoming presidential election in November, setting the stage for a likely rematch between Trump and Joe Biden, the 2020 candidates.
The next contest between Trump and Haley is scheduled in South Carolina. Despite experiencing three defeats, Haley remains determined to continue her campaign. She argues that Republican voters seek an alternative to Trump, emphasizing that “voters want an election, not a coronation.”