By now you know Donald Trump triumphed in last night’s Nevada caucuses, winning 45.9 percent of the vote. Marco Rubio scored a slight second place finish over Ted Cruz with 23.9 percent compared to the latter’s 21.4 percent.But here’s the thing…it’s not just about the votes; it’s about the delegates. Using that measurement, Trump still won handily, receiving 21 delegates, but Rubio and Cruz actually TIED with 5 each. And in what must be a crushing loss, both Ben Carson (4.8 percent) and John Kasich (3.6 percent) ended up with nada, zilch, zero.
Trump now has 79 out of 1,237 delegates needed for the nomination, so he’s about six percent of the way there. But you can bet the establishment is hoping to chip away at Trump’s count in order to bring about a brokered convention because that may be the only way to derail his train.On the Democrat side, the delegate count is CRUSHING Bernie Sanders’ hopes of winning the nomination pretty quickly. While both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have 51 delegates they’ve won, Clinton has 451 super delegates
But back to last night in Nevada. As Five Thirty Eight reports, Tuesday night’s results were very bad news for Cruz. It’s not just that it was his third third-place finish in a row. It’s also how Cruz lost. He carried only 27 percent of the white born-again and evangelical Christian vote, behind Trump’s 41 percent. Cruz also lost this group in New Hampshire and South Carolina. But, unlike in South Carolina, Cruz also trailed among “very conservative” voters in Nevada, 34 percent to Trump’s 38 percent. Finally, Cruz continues to struggle among “somewhat conservative” and moderate voters. He earned just 16 percent and 7 percent among those groups, respectively, according to the entrance poll.
The game isn’t over yet, but after Super Tuesday next week, it might be getting darn close. The Weekly Standard points out that Trump is winning massive numbers of raw votes:Mitt Romney won Nevada’s caucus in 2012 with about 50 percent of the vote. He did so by pulling in roughly 16,000 total votes – roughly the same number that second-place finisher Marco Rubio pulled in this year. Donald Trump, by contrast, more than doubled Romney’s total, garnering 34,500 votes. All told, Trump has now won approximately 420,000 votes. After the first four states had voted in 2012, Mitt Romney had won about 311,000 votes. Back in 2008, meanwhile, eventual nominee John McCain had won a little more than 250,000 votes after Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada had voted.
Now the BIG question is who will be the next GOP candidate to step aside?
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]