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Trump Looks for Third Straight Win in Nevada Caucus on Tuesday Night


Nevada Republicans are headed to caucuses Tuesday evening to cast a potentially decisive vote in the Republican presidential nominating process.

Though Republican frontrunner Donald Trump led in recent surveys of the state, Nevada is notoriously difficult to poll, making the contest more unpredictable.

Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz currently trail Trump in the state, but they are counting on superior campaign infrastructure to undercut the real-estate mogul's broad base of support.

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Republican presidential candidates, from left, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, businessman Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson take the stage before the CBS News Republican presidential debate at the Peace Center, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Republican presidential candidates, from left, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, businessman Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson participate during the CBS News Republican presidential debate at the Peace Center, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush poses for a photograph after the CBS News Republican presidential debate at the Peace Center, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz (L)and Marco Rubio (R) applaud as fellow candidate Donald Trump (C) is introduced during the CBS News Republican Presidential Debate in Greenville, South Carolina, February 13, 2016. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
GREENVILLE, SC - FEBRUARY 13: Republican presidential candidates (L-R) Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) participate in a CBS News GOP Debate February 13, 2016 at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina. Residents of South Carolina will vote for the Republican candidate at the primary on February 20. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., right, right, speaks to Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump during a commercial break during the CBS News Republican presidential debate at the Peace Center, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
GREENVILLE, SC - FEBRUARY 13: Republican presidential candidate Ohio Governor John Kasich participates in a CBS News GOP Debate February 13, 2016 at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina. Residents of South Carolina will vote for the Republican candidate at the primary on February 20. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump speaks during the CBS News Republican presidential debate at the Peace Center, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, left, speaks as Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush listens during the CBS News Republican presidential debate at the Peace Center, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush responds to Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump during the CBS News Republican presidential debate at the Peace Center, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump speaks during the CBS News Republican presidential debate at the Peace Center, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Republican presidential candidates, from left, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, businessman Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson participate during the CBS News Republican presidential debate at the Peace Center, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio gives a thumbs up after the CBS News Republican Presidential Debate in Greenville, South Carolina, February 13, 2016. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the CBS News Republican presidential debate at the Peace Center, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., right, speaks with Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump during the CBS News Republican presidential debate at the Peace Center, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Republican presidential candidates, from left, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, businessman Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson participate during the CBS News Republican presidential debate at the Peace Center, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, speaks during the Republican presidential candidate debate sponsored by CBS News and the Republican National Committee at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina, U.S., on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. Donald Trump tops the GOP field with support from 36.3 percent of likely South Carolina Republican primary voters with Ted Cruz at 19.6 percent, according to a poll conducted for the Augusta Chronicle released on Friday. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
GREENVILLE, SC - FEBRUARY 13: Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson (R) listens to a TV crew member as Donald Trump (L) smiles during a break of a CBS News GOP Debate February 13, 2016 at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina. Residents of South Carolina will vote for the Republican candidate at the primary on February 20. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., kisses his wife Jeanette Dousdebes Rubio after the CBS News Republican presidential debate at the Peace Center, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
2016 Republican Presidential candidates Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc., from left, Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, and Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon, stand on stage at the start of the Republican presidential candidate debate sponsored by CBS News and the Republican National Committee at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina, U.S., on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. Donald Trump tops the GOP field with support from 36.3 percent of likely South Carolina Republican primary voters with Ted Cruz at 19.6 percent, according to a poll conducted for the Augusta Chronicle released on Friday. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump speaks to the media in the spin room after the CBS News Republican presidential debate at the Peace Center, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
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At a glance, the Nevada caucuses appear to be a three-way race between Trump, Rubio, and Cruz.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who placed second in the New Hampshire primary, hasn't given much time to Nevada and spent his Tuesday across the country in Georgia. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is also still soldiering on, despite finishing a the bottom of the pack in last weekend's primary in South Carolina. .

In an Associated Press report published earlier in the day Tuesday, Rubio said he didn't know how the night would end.

"I think it's the most unpredictable of all the races we've had so far. You go in really knowing less about this than any other election," Rubio said. "We'll see."

Early registration showed that voter turnout would likely be far higher than previous years' Republican presidential primaries. This could be a boon for Trump, who tends to poll better among the broader Republican electorate than core groups of historically diligent primary voters.

Jon Ralston, one of the most prominent reporters in Nevada, predicted that high voter turnout could also result in a long night before the caucuses' winner is determined:


Though the presidential field has winnowed significantly over the last several weeks, Cruz, Rubio, and Trump have traded increasingly sharp blows on the campaign trail. Cruz and Trump have been locked in a particularly bitter rhetorical battle in recent weeks.

Earlier in the day Tuesday, Trump called Cruz a liar and even compared him to a weak baby.

"This guy Ted Cruz is the single biggest liar I have ever dealt with in my life," Trump told his supporters at a rally. "He's like a little baby. Soft, weak, little baby by comparison. But for lying, he's the best I've ever seen," Trump added.

For his part, Cruz has attempted to rally anti-Trump supporters by asserting that he is the only candidate who can defeat Trump.

"We are the only campaign that has beaten and can beat Donald Trump. That's why Donald relentlessly attacks us and ignores all the other candidates," Cruz said last weekend.

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