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Does Nevada have a primary and a caucus?

By Gabby Birenbaum on 01/17/2024

YES

Nevada Republicans have both kinds of presidential contest this year.

The first, a primary, is mandated by state law. The primary will take place on Feb. 6 and will be conducted by the state — meaning registered Republicans will automatically receive mail ballots, and they can vote by mail or in person during early voting or on Election Day.

The second contest is a caucus that the Nevada GOP is choosing to run as its official nominating contest. The winner of the Feb. 8 caucus will receive their proportionate share of the state’s Republican National Convention delegates, making only candidates campaigning in the caucus eligible for delegates. Caucus-goers must vote in person at their precinct site and present identification to participate.

The state party is prohibiting candidates who participate in the caucus from competing in the primary, though voters can vote in both. Thus, the two contests will have different candidates.

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