Why are Nevada Republicans voting twice this week? And does it matter?

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Why are Nevada Republicans voting twice this week? And does it matter?

Election 2024

Ziema Mehta

February 5, 2024

Republicans in Nevada, unlike most other states, are allowed to vote twice in elections


nomination process in a primary and in caucuses. Here’s an explanation of this confusing scenario, how it came about, and what it means for the

bigger 2024




The dueling matches

Nevada will hold its Republican presidential primaries on Tuesday.


Two days later, the state GOP will hold caucuses.


The Silver State has historically held caucuses, but after the 2020 Iowa debacle, the Legislature voted to hold a presidential primary in 2024. The state’s Republican Party sued in an attempt to overturn the change. Although the lawsuit was unsuccessful, the Nevada GOP was allowed to hold its own caucuses. The state party said any candidate who participated in the Nevada primary could not participate in the caucuses.

What is the difference between a primary and a caucus?

In a primary election, voters typically cast their ballots over several hours, days, or weeks, either in person, through polling places or drop boxes, or by mail. In Nevada, voters all received ballots by mail. Early voting ends Friday; Voters can cast their ballots in person on Tuesday.


In caucuses, voters meet in person at an agreed time on a day, leading some to argue that such a process disenfranchises people who cannot attend such a meeting. The Nevada GOP will hold its in-person caucus at precincts across the state on Thursday


from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Republican voters are allowed to participate in both the primaries and caucuses. (The Democratic primaries are also on Tuesday. With the party’s incumbent president on the ballot, the outcome is widely seen as a foregone conclusion. Still, President Biden planned to campaign in Nevada on Sunday,


a sign of the state’s importance in the general election.)

Does this change have anything to do with the Trump campaign? How does this reflect the evolution of the Trump campaign?

In an effort to avoid the haphazard nature of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, his current advisers made strategic, surgical efforts to shape the rules of the Republican Party in states across the country before this year’s primaries so that it became easier for him to quickly complete the party nomination.

Republican state parties in Nevada, California and Michigan are among those that changed their delegate allocation rules ahead of the 2024 primaries in ways that benefit the former president, although state party officials insisted the rule changes were not intended to benefit anyone. candidate.

So do Nevadans’ votes even matter?

Although Republican voters can participate in both the primaries and caucuses, the state Republican Party has maintained that any candidate

on the primary ballot

cannot participate in the caucuses. The caucuses will award the states’ 26 delegates, and the winner will be Trump.

His only game in the Nevada caucuses is a

small chance

: Texas businessman and


Pastor Ryan Binkley.

Nikki Haley is the only Republican candidate still participating in the Nevada primaries. (Former Vice President Mike Pence and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, who have suspended their presidential bids, will also appear on the ballot, as will an option for Neither of these candidates.)

Haley could make headlines for her projected primary victory.

But she chose not to participate in the Nevada caucuses, and made no mention of the state in her election night speech in New Hampshire, prompting Trump to declare shortly after she spoke: I’m pleased to announce that we just won Nevada.


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