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Republican voters utterly humiliate Nikki Haley in Nevada primary: 'There will be more to come'
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Republican voters utterly humiliate Nikki Haley in Nevada primary: 'There will be more to come'

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley lost to no one in particular by a landslide in Nevada's Republican primary this week.

While the non-binding contest Tuesday does not award any of the state's 26 Republican delegates — which are alternatively awarded in Thursday's GOP caucus — the humiliating result nevertheless served as another bleak omen for Haley, who maintains the race is "far from over" despite trailing former President Donald Trump in the polls by well over 50 points.

Trump was not on the Republican primary ballot, as he was instead focusing on winning the Nevada GOP's caucus later this week, where Haley is not competing. The Republican front-runner's absence left Haley, former Vice President Mike Pence, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, and handful of relative unknowns to duke it out among themselves for the largely symbolic prize.

Haley ultimately secured 30.8% of the vote. "None of these candidates" secured over twice as many votes, receiving 62.9%. Pence came in a distant third place with 4% of the vote.

Among the Nevadans to reject Haley and the other named candidates was Gov. Joe Lombardo (R), who indicated he would opt for "none of these candidates."

Washoe County Republican Party Chair Bruce Parks, a champion of the Thursday caucus, reportedly told voters to do likewise.

"They basically told us they don't care about us," Parks said after Haley's defeat. "By marking 'none of these candidates,' we respond in kind — we don’t care about you either."

Nevada GOP Chairman Michael McDonald intimated Haley's alleged contempt for Nevada voters was "reciprocated" Tuesday night.

McDonald told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, "I think the Republican voters spoke, and there will be more to come Thursday night."

The Nevada GOP chairman also shared a post on X from KTNV-TV's Steve Sebelius indicating that "not since the Democratic gubernatorial primary of 2014 has a candidate suffered such a humiliating defeat to None of These Candidates. But at least that one was close!"

Despite her candidate losing to nobody in particular, Haley spokesman Olivia Perez-Cubas said the campaign is "full steam ahead in South Carolina and beyond," reported the Associated Press.

Trump gleefully mocked the former ambassador, writing, "A bad night for Nikki Haley. Losing by almost 30 points in Nevada to 'None of These Candidates.' Watch, she'll soon claim Victory!"

Haley noted on X Tuesday night, "Even on our worst days, we are blessed to live in America."

Ahead of the embarrassing vote, Haley's campaign manager, Betsy Ankney, pre-emptively suggested the presidential nomination process in the state was "rigged," reported The Hill.

"In terms of Nevada, we have not spent a dime nor an ounce of energy on Nevada," said Ankney. "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 was rigged for Trump."

"So Nevada is not and has never been our focus. Truly not sure what the Trump team is out to there, but they seem pretty spun up about it. But we are focused on South Carolina," added Ankney.

The South Carolina GOP primary will be held on Feb. 24.

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