Former South Carolina Governor and GOP longshot Nikki Haley decided it was a great idea to run for the state of Nevada’s GOP primary. Even though strong favorite Donald Trump was opting out of the primary, Haley still ran but elected not to actively campaign. She also bowed out of the GOP Caucus, in which Trump was running. Instead, she focused on the upcoming primary in her home state, where she is still a long shot.
Her decision to instead focus on South Carolina may have been a final nail in the coffin for her campaign. However, she says that her decision to skip out on being active in Nevada was because Trump had rigged the situation. Speaking with Fox11 on February 7th, she outlined how she saw the problem.
“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. 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. We knew that it was rigged from the start. Our focus is on South Carolina, Michigan, Super Tuesday.”
Much to Haley’s surprise on February 6th when she lost to the preverbal “None of These Candidates” it was worse than expected, going down by a score of 30.8 to 63 percent. In essence, twice as many people would rather have no candidate than vote for Haley.
To be fair to Haley, the state Republican party voted on it and ultimately decided they didn’t want to do a primary this year but were required to do one per state law. Instead, this year the delegates would be going to the winner of the caucus; of which Haley was not registered, and Trump took it by a landslide.