Donald Trump's campaign strengthens following his third straight victory – the Nevada Republican caucuses – on Tuesday night. News outlets called the caucuses for Trump immediately after they ended, but the Associated Press called the race in the 11 p.m. hour Pacific Time. The final numbers, however, were announced on Wednesday, and CNN reported Trump finishing with 45.9 percent.
With this win, Trump proves that the other major candidates, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, will have to work harder to challenge his anti-establishment sentiment. Some believe the establishment will have to rally around Rubio — abandoning Ohio Gov. John Kasich — if he has any hope of beating the real estate mogul.
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CNN reported, with 100 percent of precincts reporting, Rubio finishing in second place with 23.9 percent of the vote — nearly 20 points below Trump — and Cruz finishing in third place with 21.4 percent of the vote.
During his victory speech, Trump praised and expressed his love and gratitude for almost all groups ranging from Hispanics — because he said he received 46 percent of their vote — to the "poorly educated."
The candidates move forward to Super Tuesday, March 1, to capture votes from Republicans in states including Texas, Georgia and Tennessee.
This story was updated with the final results on Feb. 24, at 12:08 p.m. Pacific Time.