GOP race drives record turnout in Nevada caucuses

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Nevada saw record turnout in Tuesday night's caucuses, with officials reporting that more than 75,000 people turned out to vote in the state where Donald TrumpDonald TrumpObama to make clean energy pledge with Mexico, Canada: report Anti-Trump leaders sending 'advance team' to Cleveland: report The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE won handily.

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With 100 percent of precincts reporting, 75,216 votes had been recorded in the 2016 Republican caucuses, compared to 44,324 in 2008 and 32,894 in 2012.

Record turnout was expected early on Tuesday — a Nevada GOP official told The Hill that preregistrations had outnumbered the number of votes cast in previous contests.

Trump won 45.9 percent of the vote Tuesday, followed by Marco RubioMarco RubioThe Hill's 12:30 Report Rubio challenger takes aim at Senate reversal in new ad Juan Williams: GOP sounds the sirens over Trump MORE, with 23.9 percent; Ted CruzTed CruzAnti-Trump leaders sending 'advance team' to Cleveland: report Trump's support among white Protestant Republicans ticks up GOP senator pushes Trump to adopt 'constitutional agenda' MORE, with 21.4 percent; Ben Carson, with 4.8 percent; and John Kasich, with 3.6 percent.

Trump, the front-runner, has bragged about his ability to turn out voters and had taken credit following record turnout in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina earlier this month.

Republicans head to a debate Thursday night before voting in a dozen states next week.

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