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It was embarrassing enough to watch when Nikki Haley was promising a strong performance in New Hampshire and then got thoroughly pummeled by Donald Trump. At least that was somebody — a former president, no less.
However, as a sort of object lesson that things can always get worse, take Tuesday’s GOP primary in Nevada primary. There, Haley lost by roughly 30 points … to nobody.
No, I’m not saying she beat everybody by 30 points. I’m not saying she won. I’m saying she lost to nobody. This isn’t an Abbott and Costello sketch. (“Third base!”) Instead, it’s the sad reality of Haley’s ridiculous, quixotic belief that she still has some kind of chance in this primary fight.
So, let me explain the sequence of events. Two weeks ago, after finally getting what she wanted and every other GOP candidate aside from herself and front-runner Trump out of the race, Haley was hoping for a strong performance in New Hampshire.
It’s a a state with electoral quirks that allows independents — and there are a lot of them in New Hampshire — to vote in whichever primary they choose.
She lost by 11 points.
Nevertheless, she promised to persist: “This race is far from over,” she told supporters. “There are dozens of states left to go, and the next one is my sweet state of South Carolina,” which votes on Feb. 24.
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