Supporters of MAGA have expressed their frustration, believing that former President Donald Trump and various Republican candidates were purposefully left out of the Nevada Republican primary for the 2024 presidential nomination.
From January 15 to May 21, the GOP is conducting primary elections or caucuses across the country to select a candidate for the November 2024 presidential election.
Each state has its unique rules for primaries, causing confusion in Nevada where both the state and the GOP are holding separate votes. Only the Republican vote holds significance in this situation.
The state-run primary is set for February 6 and features candidates like former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, former Vice President Mike Pence, and others.
Simultaneously, the Nevada Republican Party is conducting its own primary on February 8, with candidates including Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, and pastor Ryan Binkley.
The state chose to implement two ballots to maintain control, yet state law demands a primary if multiple candidates file. The Democratic Party has opted to use the state-run primary for its official contest.
Social media posts revealed confusion and frustration among voters, questioning why Trump, DeSantis, and Ramaswamy were absent from specific ballots. Some expressed concerns about the fairness of the process.
Newsweek reached out to the Nevada Republican Party for comment.
Jim DeGraffenreid, Nevada Republican Party National Committeeman, mentioned plans for voter education to clarify caucus locations and delegate assignments, aiming to inform everyone about the process.
Recent polling data from FiveThirtyEight shows Trump leading nationally in primaries with 61.3 percent of the vote. In Nevada, Trump leads with 75 percent of the vote, while DeSantis holds 15 percent.
Notably, Trump won’t appear on the primary ballot in Maine and Colorado due to rulings citing the 14th Amendment, disqualifying insurrectionists from public office following the events of January 6, 2021, when Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol to contest the 2020 election result and obstruct Joe Biden’s victory certification.