On Tuesday evening, caucus-goers in Nevada filled their polling locations to cast votes for their favorite candidates, and ultimately ended up handing GOP front-runner Donald Trump his third victory. But when the dust settled, what everyone seemed to be focused on was the margin of victory.
“You’re going to be proud of your president and you’re going to be even prouder of your country,” Trump said to an elated crowd chanting, “We love Nevada! We love Nevada!”
Entrance polls in the state spelled a major problem for establishment candidates. Some 57 percent – the largest number since the primaries started – said they were “angry” with the federal government and that they believed only an outsider could change things.
“You’re going to be proud of your president and you’re going to be even prouder of your country.”
In his third victory, the GOP frontrunner dominated the election and doubled his closest runner-up in votes. With 100 percent pf the precinct reporting, Rubio took home 24 percent of the vote while Cruz finished a close third with 21 percent, Politico reported. But people can’t stop discussing Trump taking an easy win with 46 percent of voters choosing him.
“If you listen to the pundits, we weren’t expected to win too much; now we’re winning, winning, winning!” Trump said in his victory speech, before listing Rubio and Cruz’s states as two upcoming elections he expects to win, Yahoo! reported. “It’s going to be an amazing two months. We might not even need two months, folks, to be honest.”
Apparently, what makes Trump’s win in Nevada a big deal is not only the fact he doesn’t play by the same rules as everyone else in politics, Nevada was supposed to be a state where the so-called “ground game” should have had a huge impact for the second and third place candidates, yet it didn’t. Plus, Nevada is notorious for people not participating in the caucuses, but they sure did come out for Trump, who has little to no ground game and relies almost entirely on his television and social media presence to get the word out.
Love him or hate him, Trump appears to have awakened the silent majority, whose felt slighted by their party for years. After three consecutive elections of putting conservatives in office with little to no result, the people seem to be sending yet another message to the Washington monopoly, and it’s postmarked with the Trump seal – they’re tired of Washington politics, and they’re going to change them with or without those already in office.