It should come as no surprise Donald Trump won big in Nevada where he went into caucus night with a sizeable lead. This is Trump’s third victory in the primary season.
The business mogul and Republican front-runner won with almost every category of the electorate. Trump was happy to celebrate leading among Hispanic voters, and taking home such a big victory.
“We love Nevada,” Trump said during his brief victory speech at his party in Las Vegas. “We will be celebrating for a long time tonight.”
Marco Rubio proved to be the choice of the late-deciders and those who say electability is most important. He secured more than 20 percent of the vote, barely edging out a second place finish in a tight battle with Ted Cruz.
During his watch party, Cruz emphasized he should be leading Rubio because he and Trump are the only two to have won a state thus far in the primary process.
However, Rubio is hoping to prove he is the establishment’s alternative to Trump. He told reporters, “Donald has a base of support and if the majority of our party doesn’t want him as our nominee, we’ll continue to work toward consolidating that.”
Rubio says he does understand the anger amongst voters when it comes to what happens in Washington, but during his speech Tuesday night, he warned them against nominating a candidate because of fear.
Doctor Ben Carson came in a distant 4th place securing only about 5% of the vote in Nevada, followed by John Kasich.
The Republican candidates will debate Thursday night at the University of Houston in Texas leading up to Super Tuesday when 13 states will hold primary elections or caucuses simultaneously.