Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has cemented his position as the party’s frontrunner with his resounding third consecutive win in the Nevada caucus.
Mr Trump earned an impressive 45.9 per cent of votes placing him well ahead of his Republican rivals, with Marco Rubio claiming second place on 23.9 per cent and Ted Cruz finishing third with 21.4 per cent.
With his victories in Nevada, South Carolina and New Hampshire, Mr Trump’s position as the Republican frontrunner has been secured.
In his victory speech, Mr Trump boasted about his popularity among various demographics as evidenced in exit polls.
“We won with young. We won with old. We won with highly educated. We won with poorly educated — I love the poorly educated,” he said.
Candidates now turn to next week’s “Super Tuesday”, which will see 11 states go to the polls in the largest event in the election cycle, and could have a huge impact on both the Democratic and Republican races.
Despite his low polling result in Nevada, Republican candidate Dr Ben Carson has taken to Facebook to express his excitement for the upcoming debate in Houston and the Super Tuesday polls.
“I look forward to the debate in Houston this Thursday, and then on to Super Tuesday, sharing the heal, inspire, revive message with our great nation,” he wrote. – Ben Rochlin
Photo of Donald Trump taken from Gage Skidmore’s Flickr photostream.