In a somewhat unusual turn of events, Donald Trump has been declared the winner of the Nevada Republican caucuses, even though he was the only major candidate participating. The victory was confirmed shortly after the caucuses concluded, marking the end of a peculiar election week in the key battleground state. Ryan Binkley, a relatively unknown pastor and businessman from Texas, was the only other candidate running.
The Republican caucuses in Nevada took place just two days after the primary election, in which Nikki Haley, the only candidate on the ballot, trailed behind a “none of these candidates” option. Registered Republicans were eligible to vote in both the caucuses and the primary, but candidates could only compete in one of the events. The results of the primary were non-binding, while all 26 Republican delegates were allocated based on the caucuses.
This year’s Nevada primaries were notably subdued, with only 16% of registered voters participating. The bifurcated Republican voting system, combining caucuses and primaries, may have contributed to the unusual dynamics. The state’s GOP organized the caucuses, adhering to a more traditional voting style, while the state’s lawmakers had previously passed legislation requiring primaries.
The peculiarities continued with attendees required to participate in person at specific locations, bringing a photo ID. Despite the confusion and chaos reported at some caucus locations, leaders of the caucus effort claimed that the process was more secure than primaries, a claim contested by election experts. Media outlets were barred from observing inside the caucus location, further adding to the unique nature of the event.
The victory in the Nevada Republican caucuses brings Donald Trump one step closer to a potential rematch with Joe Biden in the November general election. The Nevada caucuses, traditionally a crucial milestone, have taken on an unusual and subdued character this election cycle, reflecting the complexities and challenges within the Republican Party in the state.