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 John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech 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 Antonio RubioGOP senator blocks bill aimed at preventing Russia election meddling Group of veterans call on lawmakers to support impeachment, 'put country over politics' Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments MORE, with 23.9 percent; Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBarr: 'I haven't looked into' whether Ukraine meddled in 2016 election Houston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence FBI head rejects claims of Ukrainian 2016 interference 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.