Washington — Donald Trump was projected to win the Nevada caucus, his third straight early nomination win in a row in the battle to secure the Republican presidential nod.
The real estate magnate and reality TV star appeared set to secure between 40 and 50 percent of the vote on Tuesday, his largest take yet in a streak of wins that include New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., were competing for second place, both picking up vote percentages in the low 20s. The other two candidates, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and neurosurgeon Ben Carson, were in the single digits.
Cruz in his concession speech said he looked forward to competing in 11 states, including his home state of Texas, on March 1, Super Tuesday, as a way of reviving his campaign. He won the first nominating contest earlier this month, in Iowa.
As he often does Cruz, in making the case that he would be the best candidate, noted his pro-Israel record.
“If you want to see America standing unapologetically next to the nation of Israel, ask yourself who has led the fight to stand unshakably next to the nation of Israel,” said Cruz, who also said he would “rip to shreds” last year’s Iran nuclear deal.