Cruz and Trump neck to neck in new Texas poll

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Donald Trump did it again.

Trump, whose landslide victory in the Nevada caucuses Tuesday night charged his already surging campaign full of even more momentum, showed no signs of fading on Wednesday.

Marco Rubio may have finished a distant second behind Donald Trump in Tuesday's Nevada caucus, but that didn't stop the Florida senator from saying the billionaire "underperformed" in his third consecutive win.

Trump is basking in his Nevada caucus victory, telling supporters gathered at the Treasure Island hotel in Las Vegas that he'll keep open the facility that President Obama is working to close.

Early entrance poll data indicated that 32 percent of Republican caucus-goers identified as white evangelicals, and 38 percent said they were at least 65 years old, according to NBC News. And soon the country is going to start winning, winning, winning! The Nevada Republican Party said Wednesday that attendance at its latest caucus set a record with more than 75,000 voters who cast ballots, more than double the 33,000 people who caucused in 2012.

The win puts Trump's delegate total at 81, which Rubio claimed was nothing to be intimidated by. If no one can dent Trump's advantage by then, the race for the nomination may be all but over.

While Cruz has intensified his hawkish comments on immigration to compete with Trump, Rubio has sought to unite Republican leaders behind his bid, casting himself as the only candidate capable both of defeating Trump and winning a hard general election race.

The state is the third contest Trump has won during the Republican primary and offers up 30 delegates to be awarded on a proportional basis.

Despite a heavy investment by Rubio in Las Vegas, where he spent part of his childhood, voters handed Trump a big victory Tuesday.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton scored the endorsement of Nevada's Harry Reid, the party's Senate leader, in advance of a primary Saturday in SC, where she looks strong.

Former state Sen. Maurice Washington estimated 1,500 people caucused at Reed High School in Sparks. "He hasn't said anything stupid or insane ... which is really what I think the country needs", Haight said.

While just 9 percent of the electorate was Hispanic, entrance polling posted by CNN showed that Trump won 44 percent of that group, followed by 29 percent for Rubio and 18 percent for Cruz.

Lagging far behind the two senators in the Nevada vote were Ohio Gov. John Kasich and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. But in many other states voting that day, Trump is ahead. However, referencing his win in last month's Iowa caucuses, Cruz said, "The only campaign that can beat Donald [and] has beat Donald is our campaign".

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