Donald Trump projected to win Republican Nevada caucus

Donald Trump projected to win Republican Nevada caucus

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has won his third straight contest, as Trump has been projected as the victor of Tuesday's Republican caucuses.

Fellow candidate Marco Rubio, a Senator from Florida, appears to have gotten the upper hand for second place above Texas Senator Ted Cruz, with slightly above 24 percent of the vote to third-placed Cruz's approximately 22 percent. Ohio Gov. John Kasich and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson remain in the race and could play spoilers as the trio of leading candidates, Trump, Cruz and Rubio, battle for delegates with an increasing sense of urgency.

A billionaire businessman and political outsider, Trump's brash, anti-government talk appealed to Nevada residents, political strategists said before the Tuesday evening caucus.

Significantly, exit polls showed Trump's support across all demographics, virtually paving his way towards party nomination and strengthening as it did his position before March 1 Super Tuesday when 12 states hold nominating contests. "We won with poorly educated", he said.

On Tuesday night, Trump predicted that after Nevada, "It's going to be an awesome two months".

The Texas Senator addressed supporters shortly after polls closed.

Early results gave him more than 43 per cent of the vote, with contenders Cruz and Rubio each behind with around a quarter of the share. "Sure, if everybody does it, and that includes the Republicans", Clinton says.

All eyes were on whether Rubio and Cruz would be able to slow Trump's momentum and which of the two candidates would come in second.

Donald Trump projected to win Republican Nevada caucus
Donald Trump projected to win Republican Nevada caucus

Nevada marks the first Republican nominating contest in the West and the fourth of the campaign as the candidates try to collect enough delegates to win the party's nomination at the national convention in July.

Speaking with his supporters in Las Vegas, Cruz said he is the only "consistent conservative" candidate left who can beat Trump.

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"A couple of months ago, we weren't expected to win this one, you know that, right?"

For weeks, Trump had been considered the favorite to win Nevada, although both Cruz and Rubio made strong bids to mount an upset.

Ted Cruz is looking ahead to Super Tuesday and sending the message that he's still very much in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Outside one caucus site people dressed as members of the Ku Klux Klan were reported to have been seen holding up signs supporting Donald Trump.

Surprisingly, entrance polls showed that Trump won the Hispanic votes even though he has campaigned on a hard-line immigration platform, including building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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