Donald TrumpDonald TrumpInterior Dept. reactivates Twitter accounts after shutdown Booker: 'I am not open to being president' Women's marches draw huge crowds as Trump takes office MORE is looking to Tuesday night’s Nevada caucuses for his third consecutive statewide victory as Marco RubioMarco RubioGOP, Dems hear different things from Trump Senate committee to vote Monday on Tillerson Tillerson met with top State official: report MORE and Ted CruzTed CruzTrump's America: Businessmen in, bureaucrats out When Trump says 'Make America Great Again,' he means it Booker is taking orders from corporate pharmaceuticals MORE battle for the mantle of his top opponent.
Trump comes into Nevada on the heels of a decisive win in Saturday’s GOP presidential primary in South Carolina, where he won with a third of the vote and all of the state’s 50 delegates.
With caucuses closing at midnight EST in Nevada, preliminary reports show Trump ahead, with 42 percent of the vote, Cruz with 23 percent and Rubio at 22 percent.
Entrance polls from MSNBC show that 32 percent of caucusgoers are evangelical, an increase from 2012, when that number was about 25 percent.
Rubio, the silver medalist in South Carolina, is looking to solidify his position as the establishment’s best — and only —hope to defeat Trump now that Jeb Bush is out of the race. Throughout Monday, establishment politicians flocked to Rubio.
But Cruz hopes to thread together a coalition of evangelicals and very conservative Republicans that typically make up a primary electorate.
The remaining candidates in the race — John Kaisch, who has done little campaigning in Nevada, and Ben Carson — are not expected to be serious contenders for the top spots. But Carson will likely siphon away a portion of the evangelical vote that would have otherwise broken for Cruz or Trump, while Kasich’s support will likely overlap with Rubio's.