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Trump set to sweep GOP caucuses after Haley loses primary

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Donald Trump emerged as the winner in Nevada’s state-run Republican presidential primary, despite not being on the ballot.

His absence did not lead to a path to victory for Nikki Haley, his main rival.

Haley previously said, “Nevada – it’s such a scam. They were supposed to have a primary. Trump rigged it so the GOP chairman – who’s been indicted – would go and create a caucus.”

She claimed, “We knew that it was rigged from the start.”

Nevada GOP chair Michael McDonald said, “The fact of the matter is she didn’t show up. She did not campaign in Nevada and neither did ‘none of the above’ and ‘none of the above’ won.”

The confusion arose from the state’s decision to switch from caucuses to a primary, a move contested by the Nevada GOP.

While Trump wasn’t on the primary ballot, he will be the only major candidate listed in the upcoming caucuses.

The Nevada GOP’s loyalty to Trump led some candidates to skip the caucuses.

Trump’s campaign emphasized the importance of the caucus vote over the primary vote.

Trump said, “Your primary vote doesn’t mean anything. It’s your caucus vote.”

“So in your state, you have both the primary and you have a caucus. Don’t worry about the primary, just do the caucus thing,” he continued.

Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo, who is supporting Trump, told the Nevada Independent last month that he would vote for “none of these candidates” in the primary, and would caucus for Trump in the state GOP’s contest on Thursday.

Nikki Haley largely ignored the Nevada primary and focused on campaigning in other states.

Haley said, “We knew months ago that we weren’t going to spend a day or a dollar in Nevada, because it wasn’t worth it. And so we didn’t even count Nevada. That wasn’t anything we were looking at.”

The former president criticized Haley’s performance in Nevada, and both candidates are looking ahead to future primaries and the Super Tuesday states.

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