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Despite prognostications that former U.N. Ambassador, South Carolina governor, and presidential candidate Nikki Haley would pull off an easy sweep of the Nevada Presidential Preference Primary, reality reared its head — and it was ugly.
There is no sugarcoating this: Instead of an embarrassment of riches, Haley has suffered riches of embarrassment. For starters, it was embarrassing that the PPP is completely symbolic and holds no path to the Republican nomination. The next phase of embarrassment is that in this symbolic nonsense, Haley came in second to “None of these candidates.” To add further insult to injury, there was a 27-plus point spread between Haley and the category! This moves the loss from complete embarrassment to absolutely brutal.
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Breaking: Nikki Haley loses Nevada primary to somebody named “None of These Candidates” 🤣
As RedState reported, Haley didn’t even bother to campaign in Nevada leading up to the symbolic primary. Trump, on the other hand, held a rally in Las Vegas ahead of the Thursday Nevada Caucus, where 26 delegates will be won.
That leaves the Republican results on Tuesday technically meaningless. But they still amount to an embarrassment for Haley, who has sought to position herself as a candidate who can genuinely compete against Trump. 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.
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