Republican presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump has scored his third back to back victory, winning the Nevada caucuses on Tuesday night.
The front-runner was declared the winner of the Nevada caucuses by multiples news outlets shortly after the state caucuses sites closed at 9 p.m PST (midnight Eastern time)
With just 3 percent reporting, Trump was ahead with 42% (940 votes), followed by Ted Cruz with 23% (511 votes), Marco Rubio with 22% (488 votes), Ben Carson with 10% (219 votes), and John Kasich with 3% (75 votes).
According to CNN exit poll, the Latino vote breakdown shows 44% voting for Trump, 29% to Rubio, 18% to Cruz, and 4% to Kasich.
Remaining the front-runner in Nevada for weeks leading up to the caucus, Trump was favored to win with the latest Real Clear Politics average shows him with 39% support, well ahead of Cruz, who has 23% and Rubio with 19%.
Trump’s third straight victory, coming from a sweeping victory from South Carolina just last Saturday and his first win in New Hampshire just two weeks ago has strengthened his position to become the Republican nominee heading into Super Tuesday on March 1.