Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo Endorses Donald Trump for 2024 Presidential Race
Carson City, Nevada, January 19, 2024
Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo officially endorsed former President Donald Trump on Thursday, expressing his support for the former president's candidacy in the 2024 presidential race. In an interview with The Nevada Independent on January 18, Governor Lombardo revealed his intention to caucus for Donald Trump on February 8, emphasizing the former president's track record on the economy and foreign affairs.
Lombardo stated that during Trump's presidency, the economic picture was better, more predictable, and more stable. He also commended Trump's approach to foreign affairs, describing it as more predictable and stable. The governor believes that Trump has the ability to steer the country out of what he perceives as challenges associated with the current administration led by President Joe Biden.
The governor's endorsement marks a shift from his previous stance of not making an endorsement in the 2024 presidential race. Lombardo stated that, for all practical purposes, the race is over, and he believes Donald Trump is the best candidate available.
The move comes ahead of the Nevada GOP caucus on February 8, where Lombardo revealed he would vote "none of the above" in the state's primary on February 6, where Donald Trump will not be on the ballot. The decision aligns with the recent trend among prominent Republicans opting for the caucus format over the primary.
According to a recent Nevada poll by Emerson College, President Trump enjoys strong support, securing 73 percent, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in a distant second with 8 percent. Entrepreneurs Vivek Ramaswamy and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie finished third and fourth with 6 percent and 4 percent, respectively, though both have since dropped out of the 2024 race. Eight percent of respondents stated they were undecided.
With two nominating contests just two days apart, the Nevada GOP has decided to honor the winner of the caucus with delegates. President Trump and Governor DeSantis have opted for the caucus, while former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley remains the only active major candidate in the primary. As the 2024 presidential race unfolds, Governor Lombardo's endorsement adds another dimension to the dynamics of the Republican field, highlighting the enduring influence of Donald Trump within the party.