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Donald Trump projected to win Nevada caucus

Reuters WASHINGTON | Updated on January 20, 2018 Published on February 24, 2016
Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump is flanked by his sons Donald Trump Jr. (Left) and Eric Trump (Right) as he addresses 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. Photo: Reuters

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump is flanked by his sons Donald Trump Jr. (L) and Eric Trump (R) as he addresses 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

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was projected the winner of the Nevada caucuses on Tuesday for his party's nomination for the November 8 presidential election, several news outlets reported.

Early results showed Trump, who had been expected to win by a large margin, leading the pack of candidates by nearly 20 percentage points, while U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio battled for second place.

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.

The Nevada win is the third in a row for Trump in the state-by-state nominating contest for the November election. A billionaire businessman and political outsider, Trump's brash, anti-government talk appealed to Nevada residents, political strategists said before the Tuesday evening caucus.

Cruz and Rubio had both set their sights on a strong second-place finish there in the hopes that a win over the other would provide important momentum ahead of the 12 nominating contests on March 1, known as Super Tuesday.

Published on February 24, 2016
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