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Donald Trump easily won the Nevada Republican caucuses on Tuesday, finishing more than 20 points ahead of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and cementing his status as the frontrunner for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
In his victory speech, the billionaire real estate mogul thanked his family, his friends and his wide swath of supporters.
“We won the evangelicals,” Trump said. “We won with young. We won with old. We won with highly educated. We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated.”
That last line was, as you might expect, the sound bite of the night. Indeed, “I love the poorly educated” was trending on Twitter early Wednesday morning, with users expressing a mix of bewilderment, consternation and other big words such supporters might not understand.
According to preliminary entrance poll data compiled by CNN, Trump had 57 percent support among those with a high school education or less, 37 points higher than any other candidate.
At a rally in Las Vegas on the eve of the caucuses Monday, Trump — who graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1968 — didn’t exactly sound like a presidential candidate, much less one with an economics degree.
“What the hell is caucus?” he said to laughter. “Nobody even knows what it is. Just vote.”
Trump then told the crowd he wanted to punch a protester who was being escorted from the event in the face.
“There’s a guy, totally disruptive, throwing punches — we’re not allowed to punch back anymore,” he said. “I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out in a stretcher.”
Trump added: “I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell ya.”