New York businessman Donald Trump won the Republican Nevada caucuses with 45.9 percent of the vote Tuesday, his third consecutive victory.
Florida Sen. [crscore]Marco Rubio[/crscore] came in second with 23.9 percent, and Texas Sen. [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore] came in third with 21.4 percent. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson finished in fourth with 4.8 percent, followed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 3.6 percent.
As of Wednesday morning, 12 of Nevada’s 30 delegates went to Trump, meaning that he now has 80 delegates toward the Republican nomination. Rubio and Cruz each earned five delegates, with eight delegates yet to be allocated.
In his victory speech, Trump thanked his supporters and listed off all the groups he earned the most votes — including, to his great joy, Hispanics.
“We won the evangelicals. We won with young. We won with old. We won with highly educated. We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated. We’re the smartest people, we’re the most loyal people, and you know what I’m happy about? Because I’ve been saying it for a long time. 46 percent were the Hispanics — 46 percent, number one with Hispanics. I’m really happy about that,” Trump said.
Before polls closed in Nevada, The Donald campaigned throughout the day in the Silver State, delivering his trademark putdowns of opponents and colorful rhetoric. At one caucus site, Trump showed up right in the middle of a speech Glenn Beck was delivering on behalf of Ted Cruz and instantly stole the crowd’s attention.