Trump Crushes GOP Field in Nevada

Rubio finishes a distant 2nd
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2016 11:30 PM CST
Updated Feb 24, 2016 1:50 AM CST
Trump Wins Nevada
He just got another reason to smile.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The AP called it as soon as the polls closed: Donald Trump has won the Nevada Republican caucus by what appears to be a hefty margin, giving him three wins in a row and extra momentum just a week away from Super Tuesday. Trump seems to have reaped the benefits of voter anger: Politico reports that 57% of voters polled said they were angry at the federal government, with another 36% merely dissatisfied. "We're winning, winning, winning the country," Trump told cheering supporters at a Las Vegas casino. "Soon, the country is going to start winning, winning, winning."

At the victory party, Trump highlighted polls that showed he had swept most demographics and even taken almost half the Latino vote. "We won the evangelicals. We won with young. We won with old," he said, per the Guardian. "We won with highly educated. We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated. We're the smartest people, we're the most loyal people." With almost all results in, Trump has around 46% of the vote, while Marco Rubio is second with close to 24% and Ted Cruz is third with 21.4%. Ben Carson and John Kasich are far behind, with 4.8% and 3.6%, respectively. There were widespread reports of chaos during the caucuses, though the state GOP says there have been no official reports of voting irregularities or violations, the Hill reports. (More Donald Trump stories.)

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