DeSantis Will Take part in Nevada Caucuses Regardless of Criticizing Them

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Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida plans to take part within the Nevada Republican Occasion caucuses, his marketing campaign mentioned on Sunday, participating in a system that he and his rivals have mentioned was designed to profit former President Donald J. Trump.

Mr. DeSantis’s group had not mentioned beforehand whether or not he would participate within the social gathering’s caucuses within the state, which Republican political officers structured to supersede the state’s major election.

“Ron DeSantis is dedicated to incomes each single delegate obtainable as he works to earn the Republican nomination for president, and Nevada is not any exception,” mentioned Andrew Romeo, the communications director for the DeSantis marketing campaign.

In a swipe on the state social gathering, he added: “It’s disappointing that the Nevada Republican Occasion modified the principles towards the need of the folks simply to profit one candidate. Nonetheless, Ron DeSantis will combat to beat these ways.”

A spokesman for the Nevada state social gathering didn’t reply to an electronic mail in search of remark.

Officers in Nevada had made a bipartisan transfer to place a major in place as a substitute of caucuses, attempting to extend participation. However Republican Occasion officers refused to just accept that, and determined to go forward with caucuses of their very own.

The transfer to ship all the state’s delegates by means of its caucuses as a substitute of by means of its major has been extensively seen as serving to Mr. Trump — he continues to have a powerful maintain on the social gathering’s most animated voters, who sometimes end up for such contests.

It was influenced by Michael McDonald, the state social gathering chairman and a Trump ally, who was a pretend elector for Mr. Trump within the state when the previous president tried to subvert the outcomes of the 2020 election.

Collaborating within the major as a substitute of the caucuses would imply a candidate could be passing up the possibility to accrue delegates, that are essential with a purpose to be nominated on the Republican Nationwide Conference. The state’s presidential major will likely be held on Feb. 6 and the Republican Occasion caucuses on Feb. 8.

The principles had been additionally modified to bar tremendous PACs from sending audio system or literature to caucus websites, after Mr. Trump’s group warned state events about potential authorized challenges to permitting the surface teams to have a job. Mr. DeSantis’s marketing campaign has relied closely on his tremendous PAC, By no means Again Down, so the rule additionally places him at a drawback.

Mr. Trump’s group has labored aggressively with allies to vary guidelines in varied states to be extra useful to him in apportioning delegates.

Although the caucuses are nonetheless months away, the selections by the Nevada Republican Occasion have already triggered some consternation for the remainder of the sphere. Mr. DeSantis’s group had held off on committing to the caucuses, whereas former Vice President Mike Pence determined to skip the caucuses in favor of the first.

Mr. DeSantis’s group is attempting to show that it nonetheless plans to combat on varied fronts, even with Mr. Trump effectively forward in public opinion polls of Republican major voters. The aim, marketing campaign officers mentioned, is to make the Trump group combat as laborious as potential for each delegate, and to stave off a way of inevitability that Mr. Trump has projected for months.

To that finish, Mr. DeSantis certified for the Virgin Island caucuses and can headline a digital occasion there tomorrow. He was the primary of the candidates to qualify there for the caucuses, to be held on Feb. 8, 2024, social gathering officers there mentioned. He has additionally filed for the primaries in South Carolina, New Hampshire and Virginia, and his group is working to file full slates in states like Tennessee.