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US Prez elections: Trump notches third straight win in Nevada caucuses

Donald Trump decisively won Nevada’s Republican caucuses for his third straight victory Tuesday as his two main rivals, senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, battled for second place in an increasingly urgent effort to slam the brakes on the Trump juggernaut.

world Updated: Feb 24, 2016 21:48 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
“We’re winning, winning, winning the country,” Trump declared. “Soon, the country is going to start winning, winning, winning.”
“We’re winning, winning, winning the country,” Trump declared. “Soon, the country is going to start winning, winning, winning.”(AFP)

Donald Trump won the Republican caucuses in Nevada handily on Tuesday, making it his third nominating contest victory in a row, further securing his position as the clear frontrunner.

Trump won with 45.9% votes while Marco Rubio beat Ted Cruz 23.9% to 21.4% for the second slot. Ben Carson finished a distant fourth with 4.8% and John Kasich was last with 3.6%.

“We won with young, we won with old, we won with highly educated, we won with poorly educated,” Trump told cheering supporters. “I love the poorly educated.”

This resounding victory will give Trump a major boost going into “Super Tuesday” on March 1, when 12 states and one territory (like a UT in India) hold their primaries or caucuses.

Trump told supporters he intends to take on his remaining rivals in their home-states – Cruz in Texas, Rubio in Florida and Kasich in Ohio – and wrap up the nominations quickly.

Donald Trump's book is seen for sale at a shop inside the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada . (AFP)

“It’s going to be an amazing two months,” Trump said, referring to the remaining contests on the path to nomination. “We might not even need the two months, to be honest.”

Nevada was his third straight win following New Hampshire and South Carolina — he finished second in Iowa behind Cruz — and will further solidify his claim on the nomination.

Nevada caucuses, like Iowa, are a process that proceeds through grouping and re-grouping of voters in meetings, following stump speeches by representatives of candidates.

Trump brand gold chocolate bars are seen inside the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. (AFP)

The tussle being watched most closely in the Republican race is for the second slot, between Rubio and Cruz. The winner will emerge as the candidate to take on Trump in a two-man contest.

Many experts and those opposed to the frontrunner argue he will be extremely vulnerable against anyone backed by consolidated anti-Trump voters and donors, who are currently splintered.

The Democrats are on to their next primary, which is in South Carolina on Saturday. Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders, her only rival in the race, 57.4% to 33.3% in polls.

First Published: Feb 24, 2016 14:45 IST