The Nevada GOP Caucuses were conducted in an atmosphere of chaos as huge numbers of people who had never before participated in a Republican caucus showed up and overwhelmingly voted for Trump. Ominously for his adversaries, Trump broke through what had been a ceiling for him, one-third, and got 43% of the vote, with Cruz at 23.8% and Rubio at 23.6%. Carson and Kasich brought up the rear with 5.6% and 3.5%. The percentages may change a bit due to the fact that only 37% of the vote has been counted as of writing, but not the result: an overwhelming Trump victory. A week from now, Super Tuesday, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia go to the polls for both parties and Alaska, North Dakota and Wyoming caucuses for the Republicans. The question of whether Trump can be stopped will likely be answered by the end of that night.
That Trump is an ignorant, vain buffoon with political positions that indicate he is a Democrat matters not at all to his fans who view him as the equivalent of a vote of no confidence in how the country is being run, especially on the issue of illegal immigration. That Trump was until the day before yesterday in favor of amnesty and that he has a history of hiring illegal aliens, is of no consequence to the members of the Trump cult. The chief blame for this ludicrous disaster is the GOP establishment that on a whole host of issues campaigned one way and then in Washington did nothing or supported the opposite of what they said they would support. A party ignoring its base is always a recipe for a debacle and Trump is happy to play his part. One can only hope that enough Republicans ultimately conclude that while their anger is justified, Trump is the wrong vehicle for redress. If not, the Republic is in for a very rough ride whoever wins the Presidency in the fall.
Update: Final tally:
Trump 45.9%, Rubio 23.9%, Cruz 21.4%, Carson 4.8% and Kasich 3.6%.