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Trump Wins Nevada Caucuses

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By Megan Cassella and James Oliphant

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Businessman Donald Trump inched closer to becoming the Republican Party’s presidential candidate Tuesday with a victory in the Nevada caucuses, his third win in four early-nominating contests.

Trump’s victory, which was quickly called by broadcast networks and later affirmed by the state Republican Party, showed not only that he has undeniable momentum, but that he holds broad geographic appeal.

After coming second in Iowa, in America’s midwest, he went on to capture primaries in New Hampshire in the northeast and South Carolina in the south. Nevada was the first western contest.

“If you listen to the pundits, we weren’t expected to win too much, and now we’re winning, winning, winning the country,” Trump said at a victory rally in Las Vegas.

Trump is expected to take the bulk of Nevada’s 30 delegates, which would give him more than 80 before February ends, and dwarf the tallies of his closest rivals, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.

While more than 1,200 are needed to secure the Republican presidential nomination, Trump has a formidable head start.

Key primaries are ahead on March 1 in states that include Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, all states in which Trump could do well and further cement his front-running status.

Despite early reports on social media of procedural irregularities at many Nevada caucus sites, the Republican National Committee and the party’s state chapter said voting was running smoothly.

Higher-than-normal turnout was reported, although historically, few of the state’s citizens participate in the Republican caucus.

For weeks, Trump had been considered the favorite to win Nevada, although both Cruz and Rubio made strong bids to mount an upset.

Cruz attempted to appeal to the state’s fierce libertarian wing, appealing directly to those who supported Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s armed protest against the federal government in 2014 and a similar, more recent, one staged by Bundy’s sons at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon.

Rubio sought to leverage his local roots in the state — he lived as a boy with his family in Las Vegas for several years — as well as reach out to the state’s burgeoning Hispanic population, most of which votes Democratic.

For Rubio, considered the Republican establishment’s best hope to ward off Trump’s insurgency, the Nevada result had to be viewed as somewhat of a setback, following his strong second-place win in South Carolina, the withdrawal of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush from the race, and the bevy of congressional endorsements that came his way as a result.

“If you are Cruz and Rubio you have to worry about how far Trump is getting ahead of you,” said Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist in Washington. “These guys have to figure out how to turn their fire on Trump.”

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Ohio Governor John Kasich, neither of whom had spent much time campaigning in Nevada, lagged behind with single-digit support in early returns.

(Reporting by Megan Cassella and James Oliphant.; Editing by Paul Tait and Michael Perry)

Photo: Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to the crowd after addressing supporters after being declared by the television networks as the winner of the Nevada Repulican caucuses at his caucus night rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 23, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

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23 Comments

  1. FireBaron February 24, 2016

    Yes. A resounding victory with 54% of the Republican caucus goers opposed to him.

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  2. FT66 February 24, 2016

    Congratulations Donald. You are doing a fantastic job. Democracy is now in a full swing and the will of people must be respected.

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  3. Eleanore Whitaker February 24, 2016

    Step back and take a good, long look at The Donald. What do you see? A loud mouth bully man who lives in excess, believes no low is too low to stoop to and big money is the only reason to exist.

    Men in this country must think women want to go back to the days of drunken husbands on payday, physical abuse and being used like dockside harlots. Go boys….go…Watch The Donald perform for you gluttons of BS.

    The only ones voting for The Donald are men with no educations, unemployed idiots too stupid to realize they are left out because they refused to move with the times and now, they are “speaking their minds?” Gee…tell women in the US something we didn’t know for the past 44 male presidents. In case you think women in the US missed your back room agenda to keep control in male hands forever, think again.

    The Donald’s big mouth got him in trouble with his own father back in his 20’s when he thought he would take on Mayor Ed Koch over the Brooklyn Navy Yard deal. Now, he’s amassed 22 outstanding lawsuits that are pending. Gee..do you suppose this male “Get Away with It” is using the presidency to cough up the fines from those lawsuits?

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    1. FT66 February 24, 2016

      Why all these? Do you think will change the mind of Trump supporters? I don’t think so. The man insulted Latino voters and he still won them by 45% in Nevada.

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      1. dpaano February 24, 2016

        Makes NO sense……

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        1. Eleanore Whitaker February 24, 2016

          It makes sense when you consider that Nevada, like so many other Republican states rely on single industries, in NV’s case, casinos, to keep their states afloat.

          The residents of Nevada think Trump’s former ownership of the Taj Mahal and Trump Tower Casinos in AC will mean he’ll promote more jobs in NV which without casinos is virtually jobless.

          They are pretty dumb if that is what they think. When Trump closed the Taj, he left NJ taxpayers holding the bag for the tax subsidies he received and also put thousands out of work in the Casinos and out.

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          1. dpaano February 24, 2016

            But, by the time they elect him, it’ll be too late to find out that he isn’t going to help them one iota! In fact, he’s going to take this country deeper in debt at the taxpayer’s expense! Who’s going to pay for that stupid wall; who’s going to pay for him to bomb the Middle East and take THEIR oil;, and I could go on and on. He’s dangerous, and it’ll be too late for these stupid people to see that AFTER he’s elected (IF he’s elected). This country will end up being owned by the 1% and their corporations…..great!

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      2. Eleanore Whitaker February 24, 2016

        I personally do not believe Trump will be elected. And how on earth the GOP isn’t going berserk by now is a wonder. Nevada would vote for The Donald. They think they’d have the advantage of more profit for Las Vegas and Reno if a billionaire like Trump who has been, let’s not forget the owner of the Taj Mahal and Trump Tower Casinos. So of course they will vote for a Casino owner.

        The problem is that Trump has a pending $22 million U.S. Treasury fine for money laundering to Middle Eastern terrorists. That FinCEN fine is the reason he is running for president. He can’t be fined while in office because the fine isn’t related to the presidency but his former Casino.

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        1. 1standlastword February 24, 2016

          Source? Cause it sounds too good to be true

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          1. Eleanore Whitaker February 24, 2016

            What source do you need? Trump owned two Casinos in NJ where I have lived my entire life. As for the FinCEN fine, google it. He allowed his middle eastern high rollers in the Taj Mahal and they were laundering money there. Trump was warned three times by the U.S. Treasury. How do you not know this? I believe it was reported back in March 2015. Here is a link: https://www.fincen.gov/news_room/nr/html/20150306.html

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    2. Otto Greif February 24, 2016

      Like always you are the voice of reason, Elanore.

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  4. Eleanore Whitaker February 24, 2016

    In the words of “ABBA,” Money, money, money…ain’t it funny? In the Rich Man’s World.

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  5. dpaano February 24, 2016

    I truly understand people’s anger at the government, but what I DON’T understand is why they don’t seem to realize that the biggest problem with our current government isn’t President Obama, but the GOP themselves. Since Day 1 of President Obama’s administration, they vowed to make him a one-term president, and when that didn’t work for them, they did everything they could to block bills that would have made this country better! They even shut down the entire government and would do it again if given the opportunity! Why would people even BEGIN to think that electing a Republican to run this country, especially one as uninformed as Trump, will help turn this around? The only thing they will turn around is to make this country worse! Trump, and his other nominee buddies, want to do away with Obamacare (don’t worry that 11M people will again be without health care and may die without it), they want to do away with the EPA (who gives a darn if we have lead in our drinking water or suffer from ailments from leaking methane gas), they want to do away with the IRS (unfortunately, without taxes, we have NO money to run this country as it should be run and who needs the infrastructure fixed anyway…..let’s wait until a couple of bridges collapse and people die), and I could go on and on. Additionally, these idiots will take us back into a war that will send more and more of our young men and women into danger…..”let’s bomb the oil fields and take their oil….” How ridiculous does that sound? ….the oil is NOT ours to take! They will return the sanctions on Iraq, which will NOT stop them from building a nuclear bomb, but only drive them further underground to do it with the help of China and, possibly, Russia (who would LOVE to see the US bombed to pieces without their being blamed for it). There are so many things that this country can be angry about, but they are angry about the WRONG things. And if, God forbid, Trump, or any of the GOP nominees, become our president…..they will have PLENTY to be angry about, but they will only have themselves to blame! Maybe Hillary or Bernie aren’t the answer to some people’s prayers, but even with their faults and foibles, they are the best option. But, the only problem is that if we don’t take back the Senate and start learning to compromise like we used to do…..it’ll be the same deadlock we’ve suffered for the past 7+ years! The GOP isn’t run by we the people, it’s run by the 1%!! Not the group that I personally would like to see running this country (into the ground)!

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  6. 1standlastword February 24, 2016

    When anger goes up I.Q. goes down and in the case of Trump supporters that is a subterranean plunge!

    And for the first time, I’ m feeling the love for dumb angry conservatives.

    A vote for The Donald is a vote for the utter demise of the GOP and what sane person can’t celebrate that because when you factor it out…all the way out…a vote for The Donald is a vote for a Democratic POTUS

    Here is where the old adage rings true: Give them enough rope and they’ll use it to hang themselves.

    Goopers have been resonating with authoritarians, hatred, greed and violence for so long that now they have the personification of it all inside of one man JUST AT THE RIGHT TIME!

    I’m so thrilled I have to change my pants!

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  7. Eleanore Whitaker February 24, 2016

    If you want to know the real reason they are angry at the government, look at why some Dems want Sanders rather than Hillary for president. Sanders represents the same type of Sugar Daddy the Republican politicians present themselves to be.

    The problem with that mentality is that the government IS the people. Nothing is free. What we want most in life requires WORK. That is what the Republican voters don’t want.

    Since the Civil War, they have become accustomed to the rest of the country providing support. Now when it appears they might have to do what the people in the rest of the states do, WORK, they want it all handed to them. Sorry…no can do.

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    1. Kurt CPI February 24, 2016

      Wow. Maybe you can explain then why,the population receiving 50% or more of their income from government social programs (excluding standard social security retirement benefits) vote almost exclusively democrat?

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker February 25, 2016

        Awww…look at how Kurt CPI lies…He posted, “he population receiving 50% or more of their income from government social programs (excluding standard social security retirement benefits)” Do these greedy little asshats EVER stop lying?
        50% of the US Population puts the true number at, according to Kurt’s lousy math skills 195,000,000 “receiving their incomes from government social programs.) Do you see how men Kurt cannot be trusted to EVER tell the truth or accept facts?

        If 195 million Americans are all on government social programs, he must have missed all those REpublican states who top the list of biggest recipients of phony SSDI and welfare. MS, is no. 1 and the only state in the top 10 according to all IRS records is Maine, a purple state.

        But notice how Liar Kurt hates social programs for individual Americans who are the most vulnerable in our society but sucks up all the corporate welfare he can inhale with a single breath?

        He won’t point out that right now the biggest welfare recipients are feeble brained men like him who can’t run a business without taking money out of their employees’ paychecks to make them pay for his business tax subsidies…Try again Kurtsy…your lies are making a fool of you.

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        1. Kurt CPI February 25, 2016

          You didn’t read what I wrote, did you? I never said that 50% of the US population receives government support. I said that of the demographic who’s income from social programs amounts to 50% or more of their total income, most vote Democrat. You have no idea where I stand on any of the other things you accuse me of. I simply put forth that your assertion that conservatives are lazier than liberals is ridiculous.

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          1. Eleanore Whitaker February 26, 2016

            I read what you wrote and I know what you are implying..Hate that don’t you? Some men in this country need to be seen to and altered. Their brains are infected with some alien brand of power they are addicted to…First of all, I am on SS as is my right…Why? Because for 44 years, every paycheck had a payroll deduction for SS and Medicare. Now..you want to tell me I am a Democrat because I had to forego SS payroll deductions for 44 years? Men like you just always think you know all, see all and hear all. Think again..Little wonder why senior women today no longer believe a word you men utter. IN or out of your parties.

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          2. Eleanore Whitaker February 26, 2016

            By the way, don’t try to tell me why I am a Democrat after being Republican for 33 years…I can’t stand the lies, deception and BS you men sling all over this country.

            When you are not stealing from women by not paying them equal salaries, you pull your spiteful little boy double standards..When you get off our Me, Me, Me brand of affluenza, you might make it to believable…till then…your posts are typical MALE ego on steroids.

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          3. Kurt CPI February 26, 2016

            Once again, you see what you want to see instead of what was written: I explicitly excluded Social Security, which is absolutely yours after 44 years of contribution, I personally have been contributing for over 40 years and still plan to contribute more – I have a few years left before I can draw my benefits. Please try reading on-point instead of imposing your own hatred on anyone who makes a point you don’t like – even when it’s 100% true. You just go on believing that female Democrats walk on water and everyone else is the devil if that’s what gets you through the day.

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        2. Kurt CPI February 25, 2016

          BTW, that is a single stastic, you can check it out for yourself. Here is one of many links, you can google the rest on your own:

          http://rare.us/story/81-of-people-receiving-public-housing-benefits-vote-democratic-and-thats-just-the-tip-of-the-handout-iceberg/

          If it helps to prove I’m not the corporate-loving, hate-mongering jerk you’d like me to be, it’s also true that red states have the highest percentages of people receiving food stamps, a direct link to “right-to-work” policies.

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  8. Eleanore Whitaker February 24, 2016

    In case the link is broken, here is the U.S. Treasury excerpt of the FinCEN fine: “Trump Taj Mahal received many warnings about its deficiencies,” said FinCEN Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery. “Like all casinos in this country, Trump Taj Mahal has a duty to help protect our financial system from being exploited by criminals, terrorists, and other bad actors. Far from meeting these expectations, poor compliance practices, over many years, left the casino and our financial system unacceptably exposed.”

    Trump Taj Mahal admitted that it failed to implement and maintain an effective AML program; failed to report suspicious transactions; failed to properly file required currency transaction reports; and failed to keep appropriate records as required by the BSA. Notably, Trump Taj Mahal had ample notice of these deficiencies as many of the violations from 2012 and 2010 were discovered in previous examinations.”

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