Donald Trump takes an easy win in Nevada Republican caucuses LAS VEGAS â Donald Trump claimed victory in Nevada's Republican caucuses Tuesday night, notching his third consecutive victory.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are vying for second place.
The win keeps up Trump's momentum heading into the slate of nearly a dozen "Super Tuesday" contests on March 1, where Trump holds leads in a majority of the contests.
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Trump now leads delegate chase at 115% of his target, w/ Rubio in 2nd at 39%, Kasich in 3rd at 22%. https://t.co/gMzpjkLGlo @CookPolitical
â Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) February 23, 2016
It also proves Trump can win anywhere, even in a complicated caucus state like Nevada, where his campaign made little investment in organization.
Trump came into Tuesday's caucuses with a wide lead in what scant polling had been conducted here in the state.
But even Trump had sought to temper expectations, saying with caucuses there are "always problems" and imploring the thousands of supporters who turned up at his caucus eve rally in Las Vegas to get out and vote.
.@realDonaldTrump really lowering expectations for the caucus and imploring people to come out. Trying to make up for lack of organization
â Emily Cahn (@CahnEmily) February 23, 2016
Trump's concerns with the caucus process are likely the product of his second-place finish in the Iowa caucus, where he lost to Sen. Ted Cruz despite a wide lead in polls in the lead up to the first nominating state.
His win will put even more pressure on candidates like Ohio Gov. John Kasich to drop out of the race.
The strategy of ignoring Trump while pressuring candidates with no incentive to drop out is madness.
â Patrick Ruffini (@PatrickRuffini) February 23, 2016
Republicans who fear a Trump nomination say Trump is vulnerable in a one-on-one contest. But if the field remains crowded, he'll likely notch enough wins to secure the nomination.
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