Republican Donald Trump registered his third win in a row at the Republican presidential nomination race with a massive victory in Nevada caucuses.
Projections on TV networks gave Trump 46 per cent of the vote, with Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas trailing some 20 points behind.
“We will be celebrating for a long time tonight…We were not expected to win too much and now we are winning the country. And soon the country is going to start winning, winning, winning,” Trump told enthusiastic supporters in his victory speech.
The 69-year-old real estate tycoon defeated his Republican rivals with a big victory which sent shockwaves across the Grand Old Party (GOP) as he swept almost every category of the electorate to build his dominance in the delegate count.
With a win in Nevada, Trump has now won three of the four early nominating states. Trump registered convincing wins in South Carolina and New Hampshire and also stood second in the Iowa Caucus.
The Republicans now look ahead to Super Tuesday on March 1 when 11 states are due to hold contests and could have a decisive impact on the Republican nomination for the White House.
Trump hopes to take a massive lead over his nearest rivals in the Super Tuesday.
Referring to the recent opinion polls, he said “some great numbers are coming out of” Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas, Florida.
“We are doing very well in Ohio. We are beating the Governor (John Kasich, who is a presidential candidate), and Michigan. It is going to be an amazing two months,” he said.
“It is hard for me to turn down money, because that’s what I have done my whole life…grab, grab and grab. I get greedy, I want money. Now I will tell you what I am going to do. Now we are going to get greedy for the United States, grab, grab and grab,” he added.
(With inputs from PTI)