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Trump declared winner in Nevada immediately after caucuses close

Trump-winTuesday’s caucuses had barely closed in Nevada before all the major networks declared media mogul Donald Trump the winner with Sens. [score]Ted Cruz[/score], R-Tex., and [score]Marco Rubio[/score], R-Fla., battling it out for second place.

By the time 16 percent of the vote had been counted, Trump was ahead with 46 percent of the vote compared to Rubio with 24 percent and Cruz at 20 percent.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson came in fourth with six percent of the vote and Ohio Gov. John Kasich with four percent.

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Those numbers are in sharp contrast to our reader poll, which gave the nod to Ben Carson, a long shot in the race.

According to NBC, the economy and jobs ranked as one of the top priorities for voters.  Our readers gave economy and jobs the number three priority.

Sixty-one percent told NBC they wanted the nominee to be someone from outside the Washington establishment.  That corresponds with our poll, in which the top reason readers gave for their selection was the fact that their pick is a Washington outsider.

Questions about the caucuses have arisen, however, after reports that poll workers wore Trump gear, failed to check IDs and in some cases, hid ballots and bullied caucus-goers.

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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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