(Las Vegas) Donald Trump easily won the caucuses in Nevada and thus obtained new delegates in his race for the Republican nomination for the American presidential election, cementing his status as ultra-favorite.
The billionaire had almost no competition during these local assemblies, held in schools or gymnasiums – an electoral particularity of the American system.
According to initial results, the ex-president far outstripped his main competitor, a businessman from Texas, and won the delegates at stake in this state, according to the main American channels.
This is the second presidential election held this week in Nevada.
This western American state held a primary on Tuesday, which Nikki Haley, Mr. Trump’s only real rival, was unable to win.
Voters cast a majority of ballots marked “none of these candidates” in the ballot boxes, considered a default vote for Donald Trump, who was not participating in this election.
This primary had no stakes, because the Republican Party had decided for months to maintain its caucuses, the only ballot which allows it to pocket the delegates from Nevada who will vote at the Republican Convention (July 15-18) organized in the State of Wisconsin (north) to choose the Republican candidate for the White House.
Republicans from the US Virgin Islands also gathered in caucus on Thursday.
This territory, which is not a state and cannot vote in the presidential election in November, however plays a role in the process of nominating candidates.
Donald Trump won the vote against Nikki Haley and won new delegates.
Mme Haley is significantly behind Mr. Trump in the nomination race and appears set for another defeat in her home state of South Carolina at the end of the month.
The former governor, however, assures that she will not throw in the towel. “I am committed to the long term,” she repeated to her supporters on Wednesday, during a rally in California, according to the New York Times.
“It’s going to be complicated, it’s going to hurt, it’s going to leave its mark, but at the end of the day, I don’t mind taking the hits, if you’ll follow me,” she insisted.
Mr. Trump, who had shown his irritation at this persistence recently, assured Thursday that Mr.me Haley didn’t bother him.
“I don’t know why she continues, but let’s let her continue,” he said. “I don’t really care. » “I think it’s bad for the party. I think it’s bad for her,” he added.