Posted: 2:34 am Wednesday, February 24th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
Donald Trump triumphed easily in Nevada on Tuesday night, earning a third straight decisive win in the race for the Republican nomination, and adding more momentum to his bid for President.
In a victory speech to supporters at the Treasure Island casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Trump made clear he hopes to win the GOP nomination in short order.
That should give Trump 14 delegates, with 7 going to Marco Rubio, 6 to Ted Cruz.
“We will be celebrating for a long time tonight,” Trump said to cheers.
And it led some to proclaim Trump the winner, even if he remains well short of the delegates needed to claim the GOP nod:
Donald Trump is officially a movement. An emotion. A feeling. A belief. An idea. An id. This isn't about policy. This isn't about GOP dogma.
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) February 24, 2016
For Cruz, it was another disappointing result, as despite a big effort in recent days in the Silver State, he finished far back of Trump.
“The only campaign that can beat Donald Trump is this one,” Cruz said, as he made clear that the March 1 contests might be a last stand.
“One week from today will be the most important night of this campaign,” Cruz told a crowd in Nevada.
Both Cruz and Rubio will continue their campaigns on Wednesday afternoon in Houston; Texas is the largest delegate prize on Super Tuesday, as Houston will host the next GOP debate on Thursday night.
Entrance polls of Nevada caucus participants showed a big edge for Rubio in people who made up their minds in recent days – but that didn’t come close to erasing the edge for Trump.
Is there a twitter list where I can watch the GOP establishment in D.C. have a meltdown in real time? #nvgopcaucus
— Peter Koltak (@PeterKoltak) February 24, 2016
And the results were met with dismay among some Republicans in the U.S. Congress.
I believe we're witnessing the beginning of the end of the current two-party system in the United States.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) February 24, 2016
"I love the poorly educated." "We're going to load GTMO with a lot of bad dudes." insulting. Sickening. Revolting. #NVCaucus
— Carlos Curbelo (@carloslcurbelo) February 24, 2016