Former governor Larry Hogan announces run for Senate in Maryland
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump cruised to victory in GOP-organised caucuses in the US Virgin Islands and Nevada on Thursday, cementing his dominance in the race to secure the party’s presidential nomination.
The former president ended the evening in Nevada, where his only challenger was Texas pastor Ryan Binkley, with more than 90 per cent of the vote, picking up a further 26 delegates.
Nikki Haley, who branded the Silver State’s caucus “a scam”, only managed a second-place finish in its primary on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Larry Hogan, the former Republican governor of the heavily blue state of Maryland, has announced he is running for the US Senate, saying that he’ll “stand up to both parties” if elected.
Mr Trump endorsed a favourite candidate of the Republican establishment in Montana’s Senate race instead of the more MAGA-friendly candidate on Friday afternoon.
Congressman Matt Rosendale, one of the eight Republicans who voted to oust Kevin McCarthy, announced he will run for the Republican nomination for Senate in Montana to challenge incumbent Democrat Jon Tester. But Mr Trump announced that he would endorse Tim Sheehy, whom establishment Republicans largely support, instead of Mr Rosendale.
Matt Rosendale announces Senate run in Montana, setting up a Maga civil war
Mr Rosendale made the announcement in a video on Friday after much speculation that he would do so. Mr Rosendale ran for Senate against Mr Tester in 2018 and narrowly fell short even in a year when many incumbent Democrats lost re-election in states that Donald Trump run.
Mr Rosendale called out his rival for the Republican nomination, Tim Sheehy, whom Republicans including Montana Senator Steve Daines, who runs the National Republican Senatorial Committee, have praised. He also called out Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“This Republican primary race is the people of Montana versus Mitch McConnell, Joe Biden and the Washington insiders,” Mr Rosendale said in his announcement video. “Mitch McConnell knows that I won’t support him for Republican leader, so he’s trying to keep me out of the Senate.”
Mr Rosendale bragged that he voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election on January 6 and contrasted it with how Mr Sheehy gave money to Nikki Haley, Mr Trump’s sole remaining opponent in the GOP primary.
But Mr Tester told The Independent that he did not care who would be the nominee.
“Well, I mean, look, I don’t have much reaction, but frankly, I don’t really think it matters who comes out of the primary,” he said. “This is going to be the same race.”
Eric Garcia, Katie Hawkinson9 February 2024 22:00
Tracking the 2024 Republican delegates
Delegates are individuals who represent the majority of voters in their state or district. They can be party leaders, activists, volunteers, legislators or other people who approve of the party’s platform.
Each state is given a specific number of Republican or Democratic delegates. This year, Republicans have allocated 2,429 delegates. A candidate needs approximately 1,215 to secure a nomination.
How delegates are given to each candidate depends on the state. Some states, like Iowa and New Hampshire, award delegates proportionally to the amount of support they get. Other states, like Nevada, have a winner-take-all method in which the candidate with the most votes gets all the delegates.
Former president Donald Trump is currently the Republican frontrunner with the most amount of delegates so far. Former UN ambassador Nikki Haley is in second place.
Our map will be updated as the results of primaries or caucuses come in. You can scroll over the states in red to see how delegates have been allocated to each candidate so far.
Ariana Baio9 February 2024 21:00
Super Tuesday: When is it, which states are participating and how many delegates are at stake?
Super Tuesday, the biggest day of the US presidential primary season, arrives early next month and promises to have a decisive if perhaps somewhat anticlimactic impact on the respective Republican and Democratic races.
All but one of his challengers have fallen away, leaving only the well-funded but under-performing ex-UN ambassador Nikki Haley still swinging.
But even she may not make it to Super Tuesday (although she has promised she will), as the next Republican primary takes place in her home state of South Carolina and current polling indicates the Palmetto State’s former governor could be in for another trouncing on her home turf, a further humiliation after she scored fewer votes than the “none of these candidates” box on Nevada ballot papers.
“Is there any way we can call the election for next Tuesday?” a cocky Mr Trump gloated on stage in Las Vegas after that result.
“That’s all I want. I want to call the election for next Tuesday.”
However, if Ms Haley can somehow conjure a surprise victory in either South Carolina on 24 February or Michigan on 27 February, it will be game on for Super Tuesday and we could find ourselves with a very interesting evening indeed.
The Democratic contest is looking equally one-sided, with President Joe Biden seemingly nailed-on to be his party’s candidate again as he seeks a second term in the White House, despite concerns about his advanced age and consistently poor polling.
Joe Sommerlad9 February 2024 20:13
VIDEO: Former governor Larry Hogan announces run for Senate in Maryland
Former governor Larry Hogan announces run for Senate in Maryland
Gustaf Kilander9 February 2024 20:00
How Trump soured on Ronna McDaniel after seven years of loyalty
Here’s Gustaf Kilander on how the former president’s friendship with the Republican National Committee chair finally fell apart despite years of dogged lapdog obedience on her part.
Joe Sommerlad9 February 2024 19:00
Haley lays into Trump and Biden’s ages again after disastrous night in Nevada
Despite a disastrous result in the Nevada primary this week where she was beaten by “None of these candidates” in a race in which Donald Trump did not participate, Nikki Haley continues to lay into the former president and current occupant of the Oval Office, Joe Biden, over their respective ages.
The former UN ambassador is focusing all of her energy on her home state of South Carolina where she served as governor for two terms, and has vowed to stay in the race for the Republican Party presidential nomination even after Tuesday’s embarrassing outcome in the Silver State.
Her campaign pitch against both Trump and President Biden is that they are both too old to lead the country, aged 77 and 81 respectively, and that it is time for generational change.
Oliver O’Connell has this one.
Joe Sommerlad9 February 2024 18:00
Voices: Biden’s gaffes are a gift to Trump – but it’s still not too late to get rid of him
For Independent Premium, Jon Sopel looks at a week of unforced errors from the president and reports that Democrats are still quietly hoping a replacement candidate will emerge to run in his place.
Joe Sommerlad9 February 2024 17:00
Trump wants election held next week after Nevada win
A jubilant Donald Trump told a crowd of supporters in Las Vegas on Thursday night that he wants the election held next week after he claimed another caucus victory in Nevada.
Appearing onstage at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino he said: “Is there any way we can call the election for next Tuesday? That’s all I want. I want to call the election for next Tuesday.”
The former president also gloated about rival Republican candidate Nikki Haley losing to “none of these candidates” in the state’s primary earlier in the week.
As we saw earlier, Trump got confused about the days of the week in his remarks, saying that the primary was “last night” when it was actually on Tuesday.
“And last night, and you know what happened last night, none of the above,” he said.
“I would like to congratulate none of the above. I was one of those none of ever aboves, and they won by 44 points.”
Joe Sommerlad9 February 2024 16:00
Haley calls lack of charges for Biden a ‘double standard’
Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley released a statement about the special counsel’s report on X yesterday, calling out what she felt was a double standard:
Here’s Eric Garcia, Andrew Feinberg and Alex Woodward to explain why Biden was not charged for holding onto classified documents but Trump was.
Joe Sommerlad9 February 2024 15:00
Biden comes out fighting after classified documents report questions his memory
An angry and animated President Joe Biden hit back at a Republican prosecutor’s claim that his memory is faulty in last-minute remarks to reporters on Thursday.
Earlier in the day, the Department of Justice released a report by special counsel Robert Hur, the former Maryland US attorney that attorney general Merrick Garland charged with probing how classified documents ended up at Biden’s home in Delaware and former office in Washington.
Hur did not recommend that Biden face criminal charges, citing what he described as significant “mitigating factors” that led him to state that charges were not warranted and would not have been warranted even if Biden were not president and barred from being prosecuted by Department of Justice policy.
More contentiously, the Republican prosecutor noted that Biden’s memory about the documents was “significantly limited” during his interviews with investigators and included details in the report about Biden’s presentation during interviews that appeared tailor-made to fit claims by former president Donald Trump and his allies that the president is not mentally competent.
At one point, he claimed that Biden did not remember what year his late son, Beau Biden, had died from brain cancer, and he described part of an interview in which the president, in his telling, had trouble keeping track of the years during which he served as vice president.
Responding, the president was having none of it.
Here’s Andrew Feinberg’s report.
Joe Sommerlad9 February 2024 14:00