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 TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster 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 RubioOvernight Defense: Joint Chiefs warn against sweeping reform to military justice system | Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal | National Guard may have 'training issues' if not reimbursed Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal Rising violent crime poses new challenge for White House MORE, with 23.9 percent; Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate Republicans: Newly proposed ATF rules could pave way for national gun registry DeSantis tops Trump in 2024 presidential straw poll White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine 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.