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Donald Trump Projected to Win Nevada GOP Caucuses

iStock/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) — ABC News projects that Donald Trump will be the winner of the Nevada Republican Caucuses, based on entrance poll results.

Of the three nominating contests held before Nevada, Trump finished first in the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries. Cruz finished first in the Iowa caucuses. Rubio took second place in South Carolina, but has yet to score an outright win.

At an event on Tuesday in Sparks, Nevada ahead of the caucuses, Trump called Cruz a “weak little baby” and the “best” liar he’d ever seen. Cruz said Trump’s latest insults show how “rattled” he is.

According to preliminary entrance poll results in Nevada, six in 10 caucus-goers said they prefer someone from outside the political establishment.

From Nevada, the battle for the Republican presidential nomination moves into the dozen states holding primaries or caucuses on March 1. Super Tuesday could further whittle down the GOP field.

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Sanders Tweaks Clinton on Releasing Wall Street Speech Transcripts

Scott Olson/Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — Bernie Sanders said, rather cheekily, on camera at a nationally televised CNN town hall Tuesday night that, of course, he would release all of the transcripts of his paid speeches. (hint hint – he says there have been none.)

Drawing an undeniable contrast to his primary opponent former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sanders said, “I have given some speeches, the money was donated to charity…If I could find the transcripts I am very, very happy to do it.

“Here it is, Chris — there ain’t none. I don’t do that,” he said to host Chris Cuomo. “I don’t get — I don’t get speaker’s fees from Goldman Sachs.”

Monday, the Sanders campaign put out a hard-hitting tweet with a tick-tock of how long it had been since Clinton said she would “look into” releasing the transcripts of her paid speeches. The progressive underdog brought up that line from Clinton again Tuesday.

It’s been 17 days, 16 hours and 32 minutes since @HillaryClinton said she would “look into” releasing her paid speeches to Wall Street.

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 22, 2016

Clinton has said she would release the transcripts if all the other candidates, including Republicans, released theirs. She reiterated the point on her town hall on CNN Tuesday night.

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First Reports From GOP Nevada Caucuses Indicate Chaos, Confusion

Alex Stone/ABC News(LAS VEGAS) — The Nevada GOP caucuses were off to a rocky start, with social media full of reports of ballot shortages, long waits and chaos at precinct sites.

At Spring Valley High School in Las Vegas, where more than 50 precincts are voting, caucus-goers were unsure what line to get in because the precinct lines were not visibly numbered. The numbers were on the tables, so voters could only see if they were in the right line when they were within visible distance of the tables. To help stem the chaos, people started voluntarily holding numbers in the air. Some just voted and left, which is also acceptable.

With over 50 precincts voting at this Vegas caucus location, confusion over which line to get in, signs in the air

— Josh Haskell (@joshbhaskell) February 24, 2016

Emily Cahn, a reporter at Mashable who was on site at Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas, was tweeting that no one was checking IDs, the site had run out of ballots and someone voted for Donald Trump twice:

Man here says “it’s a disaster.” No one is checking in or checking IDs. They’re handing out ballots willy nilly. Some guy voted trump twice

— Emily Cahn (@CahnEmily) February 24, 2016

Cahn subsequently tweeted that “things got smoother” after a Republican National Committee official showed up.

This was also the caucus site where Trump made an appearance.

A Nevada GOP official told ABC News that pre-registration had already reached 41,000 before the caucuses began, surpassing the 2012 turnout of 32,000.

In 2012, it took three days to count the votes and declare a winner.

The RNC referred ABC News to a tweet from the Nevada GOP Party denying reports that any voting irregularities or violations had occurred.

There have been no official reports of voting irregularities or violations. #nvgopcaucus

— Nevada GOP (@NVGOP) February 24, 2016

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Trump Calls Cruz a ‘Weak Little Baby’ Ahead of Nevada Caucuses

David Calvert/Getty Images(SPARKS, Nev.) — Donald Trump has once again set his sights on Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, comparing him to a “soft weak little baby,” he said ahead of the Nevada caucuses.

“Now I’ve met much tougher people than Ted Cruz, he’s like a baby compared to some of the people I have to do…he’s like a little baby, soft weak little baby by comparison,” the real estate mogul said. “But for lying, he’s the best I’ve ever seen.”

Trump — who has attacked Cruz’s characterizations of his positions on abortion and gun control among others and threatened to sue him — continued hitting Cruz, saying he expects to win Texas now that Cruz has “exposed himself…he’s gonna go way down in Texas.”

Cruz responded to Trump’s newest remarks by saying that they show how “rattled” he is. When asked by ABC News if he still respects Trump, Cruz said he wouldn’t gamble his daughters’ futures on Trump and he “doesn’t know what the heck he would do” if he were president.

“Every day he tosses out a new insult, but the more rattled he gets the more he loses control and the more he engages in just personal attacks,” he said. “I have no intention of responding in kind.”

But even as Trump continues to attack Cruz, he is keeping his eye on Sen. Marco Rubio — though holding back from attacking the Floridian.

“I’ve been very nice to him because he hasn’t hit me -– when he hits me –- we’ll see what happens,” Trump said. “When he hits me ugh he’s gonna be hit…I hope he does, it’s more fun.”

Trump focused his rally on Tuesday night’s caucuses, asking the crowd in Sparks if his supporters knew they’re plan.

“We’re down to crunch time folks we gotta do it, like at 5:30 today you know where you’re gonna be?” and with his question, the Donald offered some advice: “And watch out for dishonest stuff because I’ll tell you what a lot of dishonesty with this you just gotta be careful they have paper ballots, whole deal going.”

Trump’s lawyers sent a letter to the Nevada GOP questioning an alleged request of the Cruz campaign for their supporters to film voting Tuesday night.

Earlier Tuesday, the Nevada Republican Party ordered no filming at caucus locations.

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What Bernie Sanders Needs to Do to Keep Up with Hillary Clinton

Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — Bernie Sanders has no plans of surrendering to his presidential political rival Hillary Clinton anytime soon.

Asked during a press conference Monday if he still had a pathway to victory, Sanders said the answer was simple: “The short three-letter answer is: Y-E-S.”

But even he acknowledged that defeating Clinton in the party’s nomination fight will not be easy and he is facing a long, uphill battle.

“This is about is a slog, if I may use that word, state by state by state,” he said.

Looking past South Carolina, where Sanders continues to lag significantly in the polls ahead of the state’s primary on Saturday, the campaign is focused instead on “Super Tuesday” states and beyond.

As of today, Sanders and Clinton are virtually tied in terms of the number of committed delegates awarded from Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada (Clinton: 52, Sanders: 51). A candidate must secure nearly 2,400 delegates to win the party’s nomination and another 880 are up for grabs on March 1.

Of those “Super Tuesday” states, Sanders is making trips and spending money in Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Oklahoma. He is counting on a win in his home state of Vermont, where he has a commanding lead over Clinton. A victory in the delegate rich (and college campus heavy) state of Massachusetts in particular would go a long way to offset what could be ugly defeats for him in the deep southern states like Alabama and Arkansas.

Sanders himself has said many times, however, that he is planning to run his race all the way to the party’s convention in July. His campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, argued that the voting schedule is front-loaded in the South, which benefits Clinton. Bernie’s campaign has its eye on states in the Rustbelt, mountain regions and far West, where Sanders could pick up much needed delegates.

“After ‘Super Tuesday,’ there are only two southern states left,” Weaver said in an interview with ABC News. “Then we go into the industrial Midwest where I believe the terrain is much more sympathetic to Senator Sanders’ economic message, particularly around trade and the impact bad trade deals have had in places like Michigan and Ohio and Illinois.”

Weaver went on to talk about the support Sanders has received in small (and very white) states like West Virginia, Utah and Montana. “They don’t have ton and tons of delegates, but it’s a big country,” he continued. “It just happens that’s an area that is core to the Clinton campaign on the front end, but that doesn’t take away from the support he has in all these other states.”

After the caucuses, Sanders’ Iowa state director was moved to Michigan, a sign of the importance the campaign is placing on the state, which does not vote until March 8. Sanders is taking time this week to visit Ohio and Missouri too, which both vote March 15. According to Eastern airlines staff, which runs Sanders’ charter plane, the campaign has signed a contract until the second week in March, more evidence that Sanders will be in this fight a little longer.

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Senate Judiciary Republicans Vow No Hearing for Supreme Court Nominee

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are promising no hearing and no vote.

Republican members of the Judiciary Committee unanimously agreed Tuesday that there should not be hearings on President Obama’s nominee to replace late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

“It’s not about the personality,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told reporters on Tuesday. “It’s about the principle.”

Going a step further, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was not inclined to even meet with the president’s pick.

“This decision ought to be made by the next president,” McConnell reiterated.

McConnell refused to speculate about the political risk of this move, saying only that he wasn’t going to get “off message.”

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid accused Senate Republicans, particularly McConnell, of “absolutely following the lead of extremists Trump and Cruz.”

“Senator McConnell is leading a charge to obstruct and cheapen the Presidency at all costs, regardless of the damage it does to our democracy,” Reid said Tuesday. “Doesn’t that sound familiar? It sounds like something Donald Trump would do. That’s because it’s exactly what Donald Trump urged Senator McConnell to do.

“There is no clearer example of this than the Republican Leader’s response to the recent Supreme Court vacancy,” he added. “Republicans should think long and hard about this simple fact: If they follow the course set out by the Republican Leader, every one of them will be as responsible as Trump and Cruz for the debasement of their own Republican Party.”

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday that a hearing and vote could “absolutely” still happen for a Supreme Court nominee, despite the letter signed by the Judiciary Committee.

Senate Republican leadership continues to underscore the precedent for their opposition to President Obama’s pick, noting Joe Biden shared this view when he was on the committee in 1992.

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Nevada Republican Caucuses: 5 Things to Watch in the Silver State

ABC News(LAS VEGAS) — Nevada caucusgoers chose Hillary Clinton on Saturday, and now on Tuesday Republican voters will decide on a favorite GOP hopeful.

With only five candidates remaining, the stakes are high in the Silver State.

Here are the five things to look for Tuesday night as Nevada’s Republican voters caucus for their candidates:

Trump Betting on Another Win

Donald Trump got 33.5 percent of the vote in South Carolina. Will the New York real estate mogul walk away with another win Tuesday night?

“The most important thing we can do is — I’m not going to use the word ‘caucus’ — I’m just going to use just vote,” Trump told a Las Vegas crowd Monday night. “What the hell is caucus? Nobody even knows what that means.”

Polling has been hard to come by, but the most recent numbers from a CNN/ORC poll released last Wednesday show Trump at 45 percent in the Silver State, while Rubio and Cruz are far behind at 19 and 17 percent, respectively.

The Gamble for Second Place

Marco Rubio narrowly won second place over Sen. Ted Cruz, winning by just 1,091 votes, in the South Carolina primary on Saturday.

That night the Florida senator was quick to declare it a “three-person race” with him, Trump and Cruz.

If Trump takes first, there may be another duel for the No. 2 slot, and if it’s Rubio again, it will not be good for Cruz.

Anybody Seen John Kasich?

While the rest of the GOP candidates offered their final pitches in Nevada, Ohio Gov. John Kasich mostly bypassed the Silver State and instead focused on the Super Tuesday states.

Kasich campaigned in Virginia Monday and he’s in Georgia Tuesday.

Unfazed by his fifth-place finish in South Carolina, Kasich said the GOP race was “down to the final four” and he planned on traveling all the way to the nomination in Cleveland, Ohio. Whether his strategy works, the last governor standing is showing no signs of stopping.

The Odds of the Electorate Make-up

Entrance polls will show a slightly different electorate than any other state so far. Nevada’s GOP electorate is not nearly as diverse as Democrats’, but one in 10 voters was nonwhite in 2012.

The Silver State has a huge base of conservatives – 83 percent of GOP caucusgoers were conservatives in 2012 and half of all caucusgoers said they were “very conservative” – more than any other early state.

But unlike Iowa and South Carolina, there isn’t a large evangelical base to draw on. Fewer than three in 10 people say they are evangelical Christians.

Caucus Roulette

The pressure is on as the Nevada Republican Party tries to right the ship after a rocky 2012. Last election cycle, a slow hand count of Nevada’s Clark County caucus vote caused headaches in delaying final results for days.

Voter turnout is another wild card: Only 8 percent of the party’s active voter base participated in 2012.

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Candidates’ Guide to Pronouncing Nevada in Time for GOP Caucuses

ABC News(NEW YORK) — When it comes to campaigning for votes, the least a presidential candidate can do is correctly pronounce the name of the states.

It’s not such an easy feat, however, when it comes to the state of Nevada.

People have butchered the Silver State’s pronunciation for years, calling it “Nev-AH-da” instead of correctly saying “Nev-AD-ah.”

GOP front-runner Donald Trump mangled the state’s name when he gave a victory speech after winning the South Carolina primary.

“Some are going to Nevada. I’ll be going to Nevada. We’re making a big speech tomorrow in Atlanta. And then we’re going right to Nevada,” said Trump, who has business interests in Las Vegas, goofing up the name three times.

And in a how-to-caucus video, Ivanka Trump followed her father’s footsteps and also mispronounced the name of the state.

While the mispronunciations may irk some Nevadans, it doesn’t seem to be hurting Trump, who has a double-digit lead over his fellow Republican candidates.

Two former presidential hopefuls earlier this election cycle were also guilty of botching Nevada’s name: Republican candidate Jeb Bush, who recently quit the race, and erstwhile Democratic candidate Lincoln Chafee.

Some, however, have gone to lengths to make sure that the mistake is never made. Despite losing Nevada to rival Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders made sure while campaigning in the state that he and his volunteers had it right — “HINT: It’s Ne-VAD-uh not Ne-VOD-uh,” the campaign’s site reads.

The Twitter handle @saynevada has taken to shaming and retweeting trolls who call out politicians and news anchors when they’ve committed the ultimate taboo of mispronouncing the state.

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Ben Carson Claims President Obama Was ‘Raised White’

Bill Pugliano/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has claimed that President Barack Obama was “raised white,” saying that Obama could not understand the African-American experience the way that Carson could if he were president, the BBC reports.

The retired neurosurgeon who finished last in South Carolina’s primary told a Politico podcast on Tuesday that since Obama spend most of his developmental years in Indonesia, for him to claim that he “identifies with the experience of black Americans, I think, is a bit of a stretch.”

Carson had said that he was proud “we broke the color barrier” when Obama took office, according to the BBC.

“But I also recognize that his experience and my experience are night-and-day different, Carson told Politico. “He didn’t grow up like I grew up by any stretch of the imagination.”

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Why Hillary Clinton Has the Upper Hand on Super Tuesday and Beyond

ABC News(NEW YORK ) — After two razor-thin victories for Hillary Clinton and one blowout for Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, the two Democratic presidential hopefuls are separated by just one pledged delegate.

But maybe not for long.

Notwithstanding Clinton’s significant superdelegate advantage over Sanders, next on the calendar is the South Carolina Democratic primary. Clinton is expected to win there by double digits, thanks to her large support from African Americans, who made up more than half of the state’s Democratic electorate in 2008.

And on March 1 — also known as “Super Tuesday” — Democratic voters in 11 states will head to the ballot boxes. Seven of those Democratic contests are in the South, where many analysts believe that the large African-American and Hispanic populations will create a “firewall” for Clinton.

In several of those states — Alabama, Georgia and Texas — more than half of the 2008 Democratic electorate was nonwhite. Furthermore, these states are much more moderate. At least six in 10 voters from 2008 were moderates — not liberals — in Arkansas, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. These two groups are likely to boost Clinton to victories in most of these states.

Sanders narrowly lost to Clinton in Iowa, a state that is more than 90 percent white, but blew out Clinton in New Hampshire, a state where the population is 93 percent white and where 68 percent of Democrats described themselves as “liberal” in exit polls.

Clinton’s strong support among African Americans showed in Nevada, with 74 percent of black voters electing to caucus for Clinton, despite Sanders’ efforts to make inroads with the African American voters.

Entrance polls indicated that Sanders had a slight advantage among Hispanic voters, but some political analysts questioned the result and pointed to Clinton’s victories in Hispanic-heavy districts in Las Vegas.

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