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Businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump claimed victory in the Nevada Caucus on Tuesday, winning 45.9 percent of the vote and picking up 14 delegates in the state.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) took second place with 23.9 percent of the vote earning 7 delegates, followed by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) in third with 21.4 percent of the vote gaining 6 delegates. Ben Carson had a distant fourth place finish with 4.8 per cent of the vote and 1 delegate, followed by Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich in fifth who received 3.6 percent of the vote and also gained one delegate.

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During his victory speech, Trump applauded a wide variety of voters who he claimed turned out in Nevada to support him. “We won the evangelicals,” he said, according to CNN. “We won with young. With won with old. We won with highly educated. We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated.”

Truth In Media’s Rachel Blevins reported on Wednesday that there were claims of “voting irregularities including ballot shortages and double voting” during the Nevada Caucus. While Trump suggested to voters that rival Cruz’s campaign might engage in “dishonest stuff” during the caucus, claims of voting irregularities were directed at volunteers sporting Trump gear. Twitter users shared photos that claimed to show Trump-supporting volunteers hiding ballots and failing to check IDs.

Trump said that he is looking forward to the SEC Primary and that he’s expecting to see his momentum continue. “I think we’re going to do fantastic in the SEC. I think that’s going to be amazing, what you’re looking at. And you look at some states, where already I’m very close in Texas, and you know you have a senator from Texas. I’m leading — and this … will be the following week — but Florida is looking fantastically. Ohio is looking great,” said Trump, according to Business Insider.

“We just got numbers in on Georgia; we’re doing fantastically well. Arkansas. So we’re looking very, very strong.”

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