Feb 24, 2016 (Las Vegas, Nevada) Donald J Trump won the Republican caucus in a blowout of the rest of the field. In his victory speech Trump remarked “We weren’t expected to win too much and now we’re winning, winning, winning. And soon the country is going to start winning, winning, winning.”
These are the results:
- Donald Trump: 45.9%
- Marco Rubio: 23.9%
- Ted Cruz: 21.4%
- Ben Carson: 4.8%
- John Kasich: 3.6%
Trump is creating a populist coalition that spans the nation and this is his third major victory. Historically he is well on his way to the nomination, and he will move to Super Tuesday with hurricane winds at his back.
Back in December Reporting San Diego said this was going to be a base revolt. We took Trump seriously much earlier than that. Now that three state primaries have been won in blow outs, we are going to say it (again). Trump will be the Republican nominee. The party elites have completely lost control of their party. This is a base revolt driven by deep anger at the federal government. It is also driven by nativism, xenophobia and the hate of minorities, and the other.
Trump, at no surprise to us, also won the majority of the Latino Republican vote in Nevada. While the number of Latino republicans is tiny in the aggregate, less than 10 percent of Republicans, this also bodes well for his appeal with Republican African Americans. It might be puzzling to outsiders, but Trump has a deep appeal among conservatives who are minorities. He seems authentic, and will keep those who threaten their jobs away.
The next month or so will be the final nail in the coffin of the rest of the field. When Republicans meet in their nominating convention, they will nominate Donald J. Trump. The Republican strategy that one mainstream candidate will derail this train is fantasy. The best they can do is slow it down.
In local republican politics, Congressman Duncan Hunter Jr has endorsed Trump as well. Hunter should not be surprising since he came to congress, succeeding his father, as part of the 2010 wave