Donald Trump(AFP Photo/Kena Betancur)
Donald Trump stormed to victory in the Republican caucuses in Nevada, giving the billionaire businessman his third straight win in the race for the White House.
With 20 percent of the vote in, TV networks gave Trump 44 per cent, with senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas trailing some 20 points behind in a tight race for second.
“This is an amazing night,” Trump told cheering supporters in a victory speech.
The lopsided result underscored the enormous challenge Trump’s rivals face as the candidates head into next week’s all important “Super Tuesday” contests involving 11 states.
As early returns came in, CNN and Fox News had Rubio in second place with about 25 per cent of the vote and Cruz in third place with about 22 percent.
Trump said his win was broadly based.
“We won the evangelicals. We won with young. We won with old. We won with highly educated. We won with poorly educated,” he said.
“I love the poorly educated. We’re the smartest people. We’re the most loyal people.”
The remaining two candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Ohio Governor John Kasich, lagged far behind in the single digits.
Cruz insisted he was the only candidate who could beat Trump and said he was now setting his sight on next Tuesday’s crucial contests.
“One week from today will be the most important night of this campaign,” he said.
Trump had been all but certain to triumph in Nevada, with the big question being whether Rubio — favoured by mainstream Republicans — could clinch second place.
The contest was the fourth for the Republican presidential candidates, with Trump so far winning in New Hampshire and South Carolina. He came in second in Iowa.
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Source:: PM Newspaper