Rubio edges Cruz in Nevada caucuses

Mar 2, 2016
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“We haven’t been in that mode yet but probably it’ll happen”. Rubio will compete with Trump in Colorado and perhaps MA and Vermont. While Trump suggested to voters that rival Cruz’s campaign might engage in “dishonest stuff” during the caucus, claims of voting irregularities were directed at volunteers sporting Trump gear.

Rubio, already campaigning in MI 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”. In Texas, Cruz leads Trump, 37 to 29 percent, in the UT/Texas Tribune poll, which was taken before Trump’s Nevada victory.

“We love Nevada”, Trump said during his brief victory speech at his party in Las Vegas late Tuesday night. The candidates were fanning out to their next targets of opportunity as the lights went out in Las Vegas: Trump was campaigning today in Virginia, then on to Texas and Oklahoma.

“I want to thank the great people of Nevada”, the Texas senator said, “and I want to say I can not wait to get home to the great state of Texas”.

Clinton is campaigning in SC on Wednesday, while Sanders heads to Missouri. Nevada raises more questions about his viability.

Marco Rubio elbowed out Ted Cruz for second place, far ahead of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who was endorsed by the New York Times for the GOP nomination, and Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon. Bernie Sanders in Saturday’s SC primary to give her a boost heading into Super Tuesday. He also did extremely well among those who want the next president to come from outside the political establishment, getting 70 percent of this group’s vote.

According to the Associated Press, with 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Trump won 45.9 percent of the votes in Nevada, good for 12 delegates. Sen.

Mr. Cruz said only he could beat Mr. Trump in the nomination race and focused his attack on Mr. Rubio. Kasich has six and Carson has four.

While also setting his sights squarely on other March contests in MI and his home state of OH, vital to his hopes for survival. It’s a huge night for Democrats, too, with contests in 11 states and American Samoa.

“Because we need change and we need Trump, we really do”, says one voter.

“I respect Nevada very much, but last night, that process was just different from the rest of the country”, Rubio explained.

“He’s the most level-headed”.

“He’s repeatedly made things up about me and we’ve had to clear the air on those things and point to the fact that he’s making things up”, Rubio said. “And soon the country is going to start winning, winning, winning”.

“The other candidates amount to 55%”, Trump said.

Voters line up outside a Republican caucus site in Las Vegas Tuesday a day that was won handily by Donald Trump

 

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