Joe Lombardo Hit With Resounding Rejection at Nevada GOP Convention
Even Trump’s endorsement can’t spare Lombardo from a “vote of no confidence”
Joe Lombardo continues to stumble in the Nevada GOP primary for governor, failing to win the state party’s endorsement vote at their convention this weekend. Lombardo’s stinging rejection comes even after his campaign attempted to right the ship with an endorsement from Trump.
At the convention, 68.5% of voters rejected endorsing Lombardo (the vote was accompanied by cheers), and primary opponent and far-right extremist Joey Gilbert came away with the win.
The Nevada Independent’s Jon Ralston described the vote as “a vote of no confidence,” while Gilbert received “a resounding endorsement.” Gilbert and the rest of the primary field have viciously attacked Lombardo’s record for months.
Despite the millions Lombardo’s camp has spent on television to boost his candidacy, Lombardo’s campaign is not catching fire. And the candidate is not helping. Just last week, Lombardo’s foot found his mouth when he called health care expansion “bullshit” at a GOP forum. And throughout his campaign, “No Show Joe” has been avoiding Nevada voters by dodging appearances and questions.
“This vote is the canary in the coal mine for Joe Lombardo’s failing campaign,” said DGA Senior Communications Advisor Christina Amestoy. “Despite millions spent on TV and an endorsement from Trump, Lombardo still cannot prove himself worthy of Republicans’ support in this crowded and increasingly nasty primary. With opponents like John Lee on air attacking Lombardo’s record and Joey Gilbert rallying the far-right base, No Show Joe’s dreams of a promotion are far from guaranteed.”