Nikki Haley has failed to win the Nevada primary despite there being no other Republican candidates on the ticket.
Haley came in second place to “None of These Candidates,” losing by around 22,000 votes. Overall, she received less than a third of the votes.
The race was called at 9pm PST, with over 60 percent voting for no one. For some inexplicable reason, 2705 people voted for Mike Pence.
Donald Trump joked that Haley would soon be claiming victory:
Haley’s campaign at this point is a joke, yet she still refuses to drop out of the race.
Candidates were given the option to participate in either the primary or a caucus scheduled to take place on Thursday. Trump chose to run in the caucus, where the allocation of the state’s delegates will take place.
The AP reports that Bruce Parks, the Chair of the Washoe County Republican Party, advised voters to actively engage in the primary by choosing “none of these candidates” over Haley.
Haley’s campaign issued a statement declaring “We have not spent a dime nor an ounce of energy on Nevada. 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 is rigged for Trump.”
“If your goal is to win the Republican nomination for president, you go where the delegates are. And it baffles me that Nikki Haley chose not to participate,” Trump adviser Chris LaCivita commented.
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