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Trump Beats Cruz And Rubio In Nevada


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At the moment, Donald Trump and his campaign are looking more and more like a train that cannot be stopped – one that is going to steamroll the GOP candidate race. Even the most skeptical analysts agree that it feels the only way Trump can miss out on the candidacy is if he does something incredibly negative and actively works toward losing it.

The cause for such opinions is the Nevada caucus which brought Trump yet another victory over his closest rivals, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. He received 46 percent of the vote, while Rubio got 24 and Cruz got just 21 percent. This has marked the biggest percentage of votes any of the Republican candidates has won in any of the states so far.

One of the most impactful factors in the Nevada caucus was the historically large turnout. Whereas in 2012 only about 33,000 Republican voters showed up, this year, that number went over 75,000. Out of those 75,000, Trump received over 34,000 of votes, meaning more votes than all candidates combined got four years ago. The reason why such a large number of GOP voters turned out and also why Trump won so comfortably?

The fact that Nevada traditionally goes against the GOP establishment. In Nevada, the Republicans have always had a libertarian streak and a candidate like Trump, who is not exactly favorite among the established GOP elites, is right up their alley.

If we were to divide the Nevada GOP electorate into groups, we would see that Trump got the most votes from each of them. For example, he received 41 percent of the evangelical Christian and born-again votes. Cruz was hoping to fare better in this demographic, but he only received 27 percent of their votes. Cruz also failed to win the “very conservative” votes, taking home only 34 percent while Trump won 38. Two other groups that Cruz lost were the somewhat conservative and moderate voters.

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Despite actually finishing second, Marco Rubio did not fare much better, especially considering the fact that he had the strongest personal ties with the state. Namely, when he was a child, he and his family lived in Las Vegas for a number of years. It was also supposed to be the strongest state of the first four for him. And despite that, he could only muster 24 percent of the GOP votes.

Even more troubling for him is the fact that all of the endorsements he had received since Jeb Bush pulled out of the race have not helped him much. This, however, probably had to do with the fact that the Nevadan GOP voters usually care very little for endorsements from the party elites, like we already mentioned. We will have to wait till Super Tuesday to find out if new endorsements can really help Rubio.

Trump expressed his joy very clearly in his speech, saying, among other things that, “…we’re winning, winning, winning the country. And soon the country’s going to start winning, winning, winning.”

He has also shared some of the projections for the states that are going to be voting next week on Super Tuesday, saying that great numbers are coming out of Texas, Tennesse, Georgia and Arkansas. He looked even further, saying that Florida looks great too and that Ohio is also reporting amazing numbers for his campaign. He added that he might even beat the Governor in Ohio, referring to John Kasich who is still in the race.

Trump also touched upon something various pundits and experts have been saying, that if two or more of his opponents pull out of the race and consolidate their votes, that he might lose. He then very lucidly pointed out a hole in their plan – the fact that some of those supporters would start voting for him.

He dedicated another part of his speech to talk about his plan to make America great and rich again, about the wall and about Guantanamo which he has no plans of closing and instead filling it with terrorists and those who put this country in jeopardy.

You know, Obama? Like you should be doing.

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