Nevada GOP caucuses preregistration tops 2012 participation

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More Nevada Republicans have preregistered for Tuesday evening's GOP caucuses than turned out in the state's 2012 contest.

A Nevada Republican Party official confirmed to The Hill that 37,000 people have preregistered for the caucuses. That's 3,000 more than the number of participants in Nevada's last GOP presidential nominating contest.
Veteran Nevada journalist John Ralston first reported the figures Tuesday afternoon, hours before caucus doors opened. He noted that some state sources estimate turnout could be as high as 75,000. 

While not all those who preregister will show up at a caucus, the news bolsters predictions for a high turnout. That would likely boost the fortunes of Donald TrumpDonald TrumpAre you a racist? Let's look at your position on voter ID. Hillary Clinton will be a president for Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders Texas poll: Trump holds narrow lead over Clinton MORE, who is relying on a coalition that largely includes first-time caucusgoers.

While Trump currently leads the polls in Nevada, the state is notoriously difficult to survey due, in part, to its unreliable turnout.