Presidential contender Donald Trump wins the Republican caucuses in Nevada, with rivals Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz trailing.
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Businessman Donald Trump inched closer to the U.S. Republican presidential nomination after outdistancing his rivals in the Nevada caucuses Tuesday (February 24), giving him his third win in four early nominating contests. Broadcast networks called the state for Trump almost immediately after voting ended, with the state Republican Party confirming the victory soon after. With returns still being tabulated, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and U.S, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas were vying for second and third 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. (SOUNDBITE)(English) REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "So we won the evangelicals. We won with young. We won with old. We won with highly educated. We won with poorly educated I love the poorly educated. With the smartest people with the most loyal people. And you know what I really am happy about because I've been saying it for a long time 46 percent with the Hispanics, 46 percent. Number one with Hispanics. I'm really happy about that." (PEOPLE CHANTING TRUMP, TRUMP) Trump's decisive win is likely to further frustrate Republican establishment figures who, less than a month ago, were hoping that the outspoken billionaire's insurgent candidacy was stalled after he lost the opening nominating contest in Iowa to Cruz. But since then, Trump has tallied wins in New Hampshire, South Carolina, and now Nevada, with a suite of southern states ahead on March 1, so-called Super Tuesday.