Donald Trump ‘Missing’ From Nevada Ballot Enrages MAGA


MAGA figures have reacted with outrage after mistakenly believing former President Donald Trump and other Republicans have been excluded from the ballot in the Nevada Republican primary election for the 2024 presidential nomination.

From January 15 to May 21, the GOP will hold primary elections or caucuses across the country to choose a candidate for the 2024 presidential election in November.

Primary rules vary by state, with differing eligibility criteria and processes, and Nevada is one that may cause particular confusion because it holds two separate votes, one run by the state and another caucus run by the GOP, with only the Republican vote binding.

The state-run primary takes place on February 6, with former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, former Vice President Mike Pence and others running.

Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump arrives at a campaign event at the Whittemore Center Arena on December 16, 2023 in Durham, New Hampshire. Nevada’s primary system has confused Republican voters.
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The other, held by the Nevada Republican Party, takes place on February 8 and voters will choose between 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 has two ballots after the Republicans opted to hold their own vote so they could have control over the procedure. But a 2021 state law says a primary must also be held if more than one candidate files. The Democratic Party has opted to use the state-run primary for its official contest.

One potential voter posted a photo of the February 6 ballot on X, formerly Twitter, and questioned why Trump, DeSantis and Ramaswamy were not included. “This is criminal,” the poster added. “We cannot allow this to stand.”

Another account, whose bio reads “ULTRA MAGA” wrote: “Why is my official primary mail in ballot missing a certain DONALD J TRUMP?”

Another wrote: “What do you do when your county disenfranchises you and your candidate? Where would you write in the name of they don’t allow write ins?”

“The only way Democrats can win is by cheating,” said another.

Newsweek reached out to the Nevada Republican Party by email for comment.

In October, Nevada Republican Party National Committeeman Jim DeGraffenreid responded to the confusing system, telling ABC News: “We’re gonna continue our voter education program to let people know where caucuses are, where the delegates are assigned, so I think we’ll be able to get the word out to everybody,”

It comes as the latest from polling aggregator FiveThirtyEight puts Trump in the lead nationally in the primaries with 61.3 percent of the vote. Behind him, Haley and DeSantis draw 11.3 percent. In Nevada, Trump has 75 percent of the vote to DeSantis’ 15 percent.

Trump will not appear on the primary ballot in Maine and Colorado, with both states ruling that because of the 14th Amendment, which bars insurrectionists from public office, Trump is ineligible because of his actions during the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, in which his supporters stormed the building to contest the result of the 2020 presidential election and try to block certification of Joe Biden’s victory.