But Mr Cruz and Mr Rubio are running out of time. She explained that when it comes to Donald Trump and his meteoric rise as a non-establishment Republican presidential candidate, his success has very little to do with a real likelihood to become president. "Now we're winning, winning, winning the country, and soon the country is going to start winning, winning, winning".

Trump has won Nevada, and he is mocking the people who are trying to stop him from winning the nomination. It's going to be an unbelievable two months.

"We love the second amendment, folks", Trump said.

A candidate must have 1,237 state delegates to win the Republican nomination at the National Convention this summer.

According to the Associated Press, with 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Trump won 45.9 percent of the votes in Nevada, good for 12 delegates. Sen.

Rubio again had a grip on second place with 24 per cent to Cruz's 21 per cent. Overall, Trump has 82 delegates so far. Trump is the presumed victor of the Nevada caucuses and has been launching frequent attacks against Cruz, whom he calls a "liar" and accuses of "dirty tricks".

Lagging far behind the two senators in the Nevada vote were Ohio Gov. John Kasich and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

Politics, however, often produces surprises.

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Hers was one of the two clinics that was still providing abortions. "We are delighted the Supreme Court has intervened". The state's fifth abortion clinic in Metairie closed recently, but before the privileges requirement went into effect.

Cruz was favored among those wanting someone who shares their values, but by a narrower margin - about 4 in 10 supported him, while about a quarter supported Rubio and 2 in 10 supported Trump.

While some complained about the infiltration of campaign material to precinct volunteers, the Nevada GOP confirmed it was not against the rules for volunteers to wear campaign gear.

Trump has now won three of the four early nominating states, after convincing wins in SC and New Hampshire. It is the biggest single-day delegate haul of the nomination contests. The leading GOP candidates are stumping for votes throughout the state.

Nevada is no stranger to disorganized caucuses.

In the Democratic race, front-runner Hillary Clinton was looking for a commanding victory over Vermont Sen.

Cruz said he was the only candidate who could beat Trump and who has won a primary - he prevailed in Iowa - and said he was now setting his sights on next Tuesday's crucial contests.

The Lone Star State is Cruz's life support for a campaign that's struggling to remain an alternative to the Donald.