Donald Trump was heavily expected to prevail with a significant margin of victory in Nevada and the business did exactly that out in the west.
The former US Apprentice host claimed over 45 per cent of the voting with over more than 96 per cent counted.
The chances on Trump actually becoming President are entering increased reality in recent weeks, with his odds tumbling from 8/1 to 11/4 over the last three weeks.
Trump – a regular in the Nevada thanks to his Las Vegas connections – claimed nearly double that of his closest challenge which once again proved to be Marco Rubio, with the junior Florida Senator claiming just under 24 per cent.
Once more Ted Cruz was ousted into third, but after losing out to Rubio by 0.2 per cent in South Carolina, the junior Texas Senator was beaten by 2 per cent this time around.
There were few surprises in the Silver State, and Trump has now claimed three successive state wins after opening with second place in Iowa.
Cruz’s hopes took a huge blow by his failure to significantly win over Evangelicals in South Carolina, and having fallen from 6/1 to 16s ahead of Nevada, the 45-year-old is now 33/1 alongside New Hampshire runner-up John Kasich.
The last pair of results have firmly pushed the Republican race into a two horse affair, and Rubio’s hopes very much rest on a strong result on Super Tuesday next week.
With Cruz heavily outspending the 44-year-old Floridian however, the battle between the pair could be just what Trump needs to all but claim the nomination next week.
Having already tasted success in the south with his Carolina victory, Trump can head to Super Tuesday in confidence, and Cruz has his work cut out to deny him.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.