CARDS – With these two successes, the billionaire consolidates his position as the ultra-favorite for the Republican nomination in the November presidential election.
The former president has the wind at his back. After Iowa and New Hampshire, Donald Trump won the Nevada caucuses by a very large margin, receiving 26 additional delegates and moving one step closer to winning the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, the third in a row. The former head of state obtained the impressive score of 99.2% of the votes against barely 0.8% for his only competitor, Ryan Binkley. This marginal candidate had received barely 1,000 votes in the first two states.
His last opponent, Nikki Haley, chose to participate in the primaries on Tuesday, effectively excluding herself from these caucuses. And although she was the only major candidate to present herself, the former American ambassador to the UN was still largely beaten. A majority of voters (63.4%) in fact chose a “none of these candidates” ballot against 30.4% for Haley. This third defeat further jeopardizes his chances of beating the billionaire. And marks the absence of dynamics in his campaign.
The competing votes in Nevada this week are the result of a conflict between the local Grand Old Party — led by Trump allies — and a 2021 state law that requires a primary to be held. But only the caucuses yield the delegates needed for nomination, a process that benefits the businessman.
Victory in the Virgin Islands
A few hours earlier, the Virgin Islands, which is not a state and cannot vote in the November presidential election, also held its caucus. This took place in a rum bar on the island of Saint Thomas and pitted Donald Trump and Nikki Haley against each other. The former president won with 74% of the votes, adding 4 delegates to his bag which already had 33 before the two elections this Thursday.
In total, the billionaire has already accumulated 63 delegates compared to only 17 for his rival. The next step in the race for the Grand Old Party nomination will take place on February 24 in South Carolina, a state where Nikki Haley was the representative (2005-2011) then the governor (2011-2017). Despite this local anchoring, the various polls give a large lead to Donald Trump, who is also at the top of opinion polls at the national level. He could then take advantage of “Super Tuesday”, during which 15 states will vote in early March, to crush his only opponent. And to offer himself, in all likelihood, a revenge against Joe Biden who beat him in November 2020.