'Winning, winning, winning': Trump's big night in Nevada

  • Supporters of Donald Trump celebrate his victory in the Nevada Republican caucuses, Feb. 23, 2016.
  • Donald Trump stops by the Palo Verde school polling site on Feb. 23, 2016, in Nevada.
  • Subdued Ted Cruz fans attend a party for him after he is defeated in the Nevada caucuses, Feb. 23, 2016.
  • Donald Trump supporters attend a rally for the candidate in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 22, 2016.
  • Donald Trump supporters attend a rally for the candidate in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 22, 2016.
  • Supporters at a Donald Trump rally on the eve of the Republican caucuses in Nevada, Feb. 22, 2016.
  • Donald Trump holds a rally one the eve of the Republican caucuses in Nevada, Feb. 22, 2016.
  • Donald Trump supporters attend a rally for the candidate in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 22, 2016.
  • Donald Trump supporters attend a rally for the candidate in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 22, 2016.
  • Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a rally in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 22, 2016.
  • Photographer Nate Gowdy captures a moment at a Ted Cruz rally in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 22, 2016.
  • Ted Cruz supporters listen to him speak at a campaign event in Las Vegas, Nevada, Feb. 22, 2016.
  • Ted Cruz greets supporters at a rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, Feb. 22, 2016.
  • Ted Cruz supporters listen to him speak at a campaign event in Las Vegas, Nevada, Feb. 22, 2016.
  • Supporters of Ted Cruz in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 21, 2016.
  • Supporters at a Ted Cruz rally on the eve of the Republican caucuses in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 22, 2016.
  • Ted Cruz campaigns in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 21, 2016.
  • Ted Cruz supporters in Las Vegas, Nev. ahead of Tuesday’s GOP caucuses.
  • Bill and Doris Roush come out in support of Ted Cruz in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 21, 2016.
  • A supporter at a Ted Cruz rally in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 21, 2016.
  • Ted Cruz holds a rally in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 21, 2016.
  • The GOP caucuses will be held in Nevada on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016.
  • Supporters come out to see Ted Cruz at a rally in Las Vegas.
  • Marco Rubio supporters in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 21, 2016.
  • Marco Rubio supporters at a rally in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 21, 2016.
  • Marco Rubio holds a campaign event ahead of the GOP caucuses in Nevada, Feb. 21, 2016.
  • Ted Cruz supporters at a campaign rally in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 21, 2016.
  • A supporter of Marco Rubio at a campaign rally in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 21, 2016.
  • A Marco Rubio supporter at a rally in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 21, 2016. The GOP caucuses will be held on Tuesday.
  • Marco Rubio holds a rally in Las Vegas, Nev., ahead of Tuesday’s GOP caucuses, Feb. 21, 2016.

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LAS VEGAS — Donald Trump won the Nevada Republican caucuses by a near-landslide early Wednesday, his third straight victory with high-stakes “Super Tuesday” just days away.

“We weren’t expected to win too much and now we’re winning, winning, winning,” Trump said at his victory rally late Tuesday. “And soon the country is going to start winning, winning, winning.” 

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio claimed the crucial second-place slot, edging out Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. As of 2:45 a.m. ET, NBC News had allocated 22 of Nevada’s 30 delegates — with 12 going to Trump and 5 each for Rubio and Cruz.

The five remaining Republican candidates have less than a week until the Super Tuesday contests on March 1. The so-called “SEC primaries” present a massive haul of 595 delegates up for grabs across 11 states, which is likely to winnow down the field of candidates battling for the GOP nomination.

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