A victory by front-runner Donald Trump in Tuesday's contest would knock the wind out of Cruz's bid for the nomination. Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has won his third straight contest, as Trump has been projected as the winner of Tuesday's Republican caucuses. Trump is expected to address the crowd later Tuesday night.
All the remaining Republican candidates will take part in a televised debate in Texas on Thursday, their last chance to woo voters before Super Tuesday. "The only campaign that has beaten Donald Trump, and the only campaign that can beat Donald Trump, is this campaign", he noted.
Trump said on Twitter that "Mitt Romney, who totally blew an election that should have been won and whose tax returns made him look like a fool, is now playing tough guy". Trump placed a close second to Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the Iowa caucuses at the beginning of the month.
He noted that the Nevada caucus was taking place as mainstream Republicans are grudgingly accepting the fact that Trump may well end up the party's nominee given his seemingly unstoppable winning streak.
Nearly half of Nevada caucus-goers over age 45 said they came to support Trump, but his margin of victory was somewhat narrower among those under 45, with about 4 in 10 saying they supported him.
Donald Trump was declared the winner of the Nevada Republican presidential caucuses early Wednesday morning, extending his lead in the nomination fight before the nationwide contests next week.
The 69-year-old celebrity builder, who announced his White House bid from the bottom of a gold escalator in New York in June, adds Nevada to previous victories in New Hampshire and South Carolina.
As Texas attorney general, Abbott tapped Cruz as solicitor general. We won with highly educated. We won with poorly educated.
Ted Cruz addresses supporters at a rally after the Nevada Republican caucuses in Las Vegas, Nevada February 23, 2016. "We won with poorly educated", he said. Delegates are awarded proportionally in the 21 primaries and caucuses held over the next three weeks in 19 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. And if Trump wins the Florida primary two weeks later, that would all but eliminate Marco Rubio from the race.