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Trump Says Projected Nevada Victory Shows Campaign 'Winning' Country

Trump is projected to win Tuesday's Nevada caucus, marking the third victory in a row for the billionaire presidential candidate.
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives for a caucus night rally Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in Las Vegas.Jae C. Hong / AP

Donald Trump celebrated his projected win of the Nevada caucus Tuesday by taking glee in the inaccurate predictions of naysayers after his third victory since Iowa.

"A couple months ago we weren’t expected to win this one, you know that, right? We weren’t,” Trump told the crowd in the ballroom of the Treasure Island hotel and casino, as results showed him clearly leading the other candidates with about 45 percent.

"Of course if you listen to the pundits, we weren’t expected to win too much. And now we’re winning, winning, winning the country — and soon the country is going to start winning, winning, winning,” Trump said.

The results for Tuesday’s second place candidate were too close to call Tuesday night, but Sen. Marco Rubio was leading Sen. Ted Cruz by a narrow margin in the low 20s.

Related: Nevada Entrance Poll Results Show How Trump Won

The crowd chanted "Trump! Trump! Trump!" as the billionaire businessman took the stage at around 9:50 p.m. local time (12:50 a.m. ET).

Tuesday’s projected win marked the third straight victory for Trump. After coming in second in the Feb. 1 Iowa caucus behind Ted Cruz, Trump went on to win the primaries in New Hampshire and South Carolina.

The Republican race now turns to the "Super Tuesday" states that hold primaries on March 1. Voters in 11 states with a total of 595 delegates will cast ballots in those contests.

Trump said the projected win shows he has broad broad support. He touting what he said were strong numbers in Texas, Florida, and Ohio — the home states of rivals Cruz, Rubio and John Kasich.

"We won the evangelicals, we won with young, we won with old, we won with highly educated, we won with poorly educated — I love the poorly educated," Trump said. "We’re the smartest people; we’re the most loyal people."

Trump also claimed he did well with Hispanics, which could come as a surprise after the criticism he took after controversial remarks about crime and immigration from Mexico to the United States. He has vowed to "build a wall" on the southern border.

“I tell you what we’re going to do. We get greedy right? Now we’re going to get greedy for the United States. We’re going to grab and grab and grab,” Trump told the crowd. “We’re going to bring in so much money and so much everything — we’re going to make America great again, folks.”