Caucus confusion: Why Nevada is having 2024 primaries and GOP caucuses

Confusion consumed Nevada this week, with the state holding presidential primary elections Tuesday for the Democratic and Republican parties, while the Nevada Republican Party is holding separate caucuses on Thursday.

Republicans can vote in both the primary and caucuses if they choose, but only Thursday’s caucuses will count toward awarding delegates. What’s more, the candidates will differ in each contest, with former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley opting to appear on Tuesday’s ballot in the state-run primary, while front-runner former President Donald Trump is only competing in Thursday’s caucuses two days later.

The move has led to a near-complete desertion of Nevada by 2024 Republican candidates. Most Republicans completely avoided the Silver State during their primary bids, with the exception of former presidential candidate Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), who spent some time campaigning in
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