Donald Trump claims win in Nevada caucuses

LAS VEGAS - 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.

See Full Article

The billionaire businessman now can claim victories in the West, the South and Northeast - a testament to his broad appeal among the mad-as-hell voters making their voices heard in the 2016 presidential race. His rivals are running out of time to stop him.

"We're winning, winning, winning the country," Trump declared. "Soon, the country is going to start winning, winning, winning."

Ticking off a list of upcoming primary states where he's leading in preference polls, Trump predicted he'll soon be able to claim the Republican presidential nomination. "It's going to be an amazing two months," he told a raucous crowd at a Las Vegas casino. "We might not even need the two months, folks, to be honest."

Entrance polls captured the sentiment propelling Trump's insurgent campaign: Six in 10 caucus goers said they were angry with the way the government is working, and Trump got about half of them.

After winning in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, Trump has built up momentum heading into March 1, or Super Tuesday, when Republicans hold nominating contests in a dozen states.

In the Democratic race, front-runner Hillary Clinton was looking for a commanding victory over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Saturday's South Carolina primary to give her a boost heading into Super Tuesday. Polls show the former secretary of state with a huge advantage among African-Americans which bodes well for her prospects in South Carolina and then the Southern states which vote on Super Tuesday where blacks make up a large segment of the Democratic primary electorate.

Nevada was a critical test for Rubio and Cruz, who are battling to emerge as the clear alternative to Trump. Rubio was out to prove he can build on recent momentum, while Cruz was looking for a spark to help him recover from a particularly rocky stretch in his campaign.

Lagging far behind the two senators in the Nevada vote were Ohio Gov. John Kasich and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

Rubio, already campaigning in Michigan as caucus results rolled in, was projecting confidence that he can consolidate the non-Trump voters who have been splintering among an assortment of Republican candidates, saying, "we have incredible room to grow." Rubio and Cruz have been attacking each other viciously in recent days, an indication they know Trump can be stopped only if one of them is eliminated.

But after finishing third in Iowa, fifth in New Hampshire and second in South Carolina, Rubio needs a win soon to support the idea he can beat Trump. Republican establishment heavyweights have been flooding to Rubio in recent days, including several senators and governors, but that might not help win over an angry Republican base looking for a political outsider like Trump.

Cruz, a fiery conservative popular among voters on the Republican right, finished a disappointing third in South Carolina after spending much of the past two weeks denying charges of dishonest campaign tactics and defending his integrity. Another disappointing finish in Nevada would raise new questions about his viability heading into a crucial batch of Super Tuesday states on March 1.

In a more muted address, Cruz gave Trump his due for winning in Nevada and then pressed the argument that he's the only candidate who can stop the real estate mogul.

Harking back to own win in Iowa's leadoff caucuses, Cruz told supporters "the only campaign that has defeated Donald Trump is this campaign."

Then, looking for opportunities that lie ahead in his home state of Texas and elsewhere, he added: "One week from today will be the most important night of this campaign: Super Tuesday."

The election calendar suggests that if Trump's rivals don't slow him by mid-March, they may not ever. Trump swept all of South Carolina's 50 delegates, giving him a total of 67 compared to Cruz and Rubio who have 11 and 10, respectively. There were 30 delegates at stake in Nevada, and a whopping 595 available one week later on Super Tuesday bonanza.

Nevada's caucusing played out in schools, community centres and places of worship across the state - a process that's been chaotic in the past.

The Republican field that included a dozen candidates a month ago has been reduced to five, with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush the latest to drop out after a disappointing finish in South Carolina. Kasich and Carson could play spoilers as Trump, Cruz and Rubio, battle for delegates with an increasing sense of urgency.

The entrance poll survey was conducted for The Associated Press and the television networks by Edison Research as Republican voters arrived at 25 randomly selected caucus sites in Nevada.

-----

Associated Press writers Nicholas Riccardi in Las Vegas and Chad Day in Washington contributed to this report.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Canada border agent detentions of Mexicans surge to highest levels in decade

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    TORONTO — Detentions of Mexican nationals by Canadian border agents have surged dramatically this year to levels not seen in a decade, new figures obtained by The Canadian Press show. According to Canada Border Services Agency, the total number of detentions from Jan. Source
  • Unhappy hour: Truck with 40,000 pounds of vodka overturns

    World News Toronto Sun
    CLAYTON, N.C. — A tractor trailer full of vodka has overturned on a North Carolina highway and it may take until happy hour to clean up the mess. Clayton police said on Twitter that the truck tipped on its side around 5:45 a.m. Source
  • 'Clearly, a drunk can consent' judge acquits another cabbie of sex assault

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    HALIFAX — A judge has acquitted a former Halifax cab driver accused of sexually assaulting a female passenger. The Crown alleged Houssen Milad kissed a female passenger on top of her head while driving her home to the Armdale neighbourhood in June 2016, and groped her buttock before she got out of the vehicle. Source
  • Rescuers attempting to save girl buried in ruins of Mexico City school

    World News Toronto Sun
    MEXICO CITY — A delicate effort to reach a young girl buried in the ruins of her school stretched into a new day on Thursday, a vigil broadcast across the nation as rescue workers struggled to pick away unstable debris and reach her. Source
  • Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico seeks to rebuild as storm approaches Turks and Caicos [Video]

    World News Toronto Sun
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Rescuers fanned out to reach stunned victims Thursday after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, knocking out electricity to the entire island and triggering landslides and floods. The extent of the damage is unknown given that dozens of municipalities remained isolated and without communication after Maria hit the island Wednesday morning as a Category 4 storm with 155 mph winds, the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years. Source
  • Mark Hamill just tweeted about Justin Trudeau and Star Wars fans are going nuts

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    You don’t often see Luke Skywalker showing interest in a world leader’s sartorial choices. Let alone their socks. But it’s not everyday that the Prime Minister of Canada wears wookie socks to a major function. Source
  • Trump orders federal employees to attend anti-leaking classes

    World News Toronto Sun
    WASHINGTON — Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency are attending mandatory training sessions this week to reinforce their compliance with laws and rules against leaking classified or sensitive government information. It is part of a broader Trump administration order for anti-leaks training at all executive branch agencies. Source
  • Justin Trudeau news conference LIVE

    Canada News CBC News
    Hurricane Maria blasts through Puerto Rico Widespread damage to structures, vegetation Source
  • Trudeau tells UN of Canada's shame over Indigenous Peoples

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used a speech to the United Nations on Thursday to probe a source of national shame: the historic struggles of Canada’s Indigenous peoples. He spoke of forced migration and forced family separation in residential schools, which he said left a devastating legacy on reserves to this day. Source
  • Trump vows more sanctions over North Korea's nuclear buildup

    World News CTV News
    NEW YORK -- U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday aiming to tighten an economic noose around North Korea, days after he threatened to "totally destroy" the country if forced to defend the United States or its allies. Source