Donald Trump just won the Nevada caucuses, making it the businessman’s third caucus win since the nomination started.
Republican voters went to different caucus areas of the fourth nomination contest, lines piling from 8 to 10 p.m. EST. Voters were given paper ballots to casts their votes in and the final announcement was made 12 midnight EST, or 9 p.m. Vegas time, according to NBC News.
With the announcement of Trump’s victory, a crowd of supporters joined the victory party at the Treasure Island hotel. Cheers were loud when the announcement was made and Trump had a lot of things to say about his third consecutive caucus victory.
“If you listen to the pundits, we weren’t expected to win too much — and now we’re winning, winning, winning the country… It’s going to be an amazing two months. We might not even need the two months, folks,” a triumphant Trump declared to the crowd at his victory party, according to The Washington Post.
In previous caucus results, Trump lead an average of 20 percentage points over other candidates like Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Ted Cruz. For the Nevada turnout, Trumps lead was even higher than previous caucus results.
The result greatly increased the billionaire’s morale about his campaign and the strength of his appeal to the American citizens. He has won the primary elections in New England, the South, and the far West. He won over independent voters in New Hampshire and evangelicals in South Carolina, and prevailed in Nevada, where Mormon voters and rural activists wield influence, according to The New York Times.
What Does Trump’s Winnings Mean?
Before the start of the caucuses, the billionaire already has 67 delegates to his side. Nevada has 30 delegates that will be divided to the candidates, depending on the turnout of the caucus. Hence, an additional 13 delegates from the Nevada caucus will be taken by Trump. For the candidate to be the official nominee, they will need to gain 1,237 delegates, and given the streak that Trump is having, the billionaire could be very well on his way to winning the nomination race, according to ATTN.
Nevada was a hard state to predict due to its low turnout, but Trumps win has been half-expected, considering that the billionaire owns a considerable amount of hotels and casinos in the area.
Overall, Trump’s winning streak is a message to everyone that a Trump presidency is something that should be taken as a serious possibility.