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on that. >> i believe trump will do anything he says. >> he will have the mexican government pay for it? you believe that. >> i don't know if that will happen. he's going to go for everything he said he'll do. >> that's hardball for now. i'll be back at 10:00 p.m. eastern with brian williams and rachel maddow. all in with chris hayes starts now. tonight on all in. >> we're going to build a wall and who's going to pay for that wall in. >> culture wars heets up in nevada as we get preliminary reports of massive turn out for republicans. >> dishonesty can knock out a poll very quickly. that's the only wap we lose. >> donald trump goes for three in a row. we'll go live to the caucuses. republicans sign their names on the plot to stop obama's supreme court pick. the unprecedented letter signed by republican senatorers and why
this move has presidential politics written all over it. the president's pitch to close gitmo. >> i don't want to pass this problem on to the next president. >> setting up another 2016 fight. >> don't shut down gitmo, expand it and let's have some new terrorists there. >> when "all in" starts right now. good evening from las vegas. i'm chris hayes at this very hour doors are opening at caucus sites across nevada. we'll be bringing you live coverage ocht caucuses throughout the evening and in this hour. donald trump has now had two victories back to back. he is a clear favorite tonight. recent polling up up to a 26-point lead over his next challenger polling the republican caucus in nevada is difficult. a cnn poll one week before the 2008 nevada caucus gave rudy
giuliani the lead. the clear politics average gave romney the lead. the actual results, romney won with 51%. twice as much support predicted by the average. he picked up just 4.3%. as for trump's challengers, marco rubio left nevada holding rallies in minnesota and michigan trying to lay the ground work for super tuesday and beyond. perhaps that's an indication of how he views his chances tonight in this state. there are some predicting a possible surprise. it's very possible rubio wins nevada. trump has no political organization in a low turn out contest and state without a long term tradition. there's signs of a high turn out. >> could there be an upset? yes. i think it's much more likely to be an up september if tset in t low. the higher the turn out, i think the worst for cruz and rubio.
>> last night donald trump held a big election eve rally. there were multiple protesters escorted out. here is how trump reacted to one of them. >> bye bye. good job, fella. bye bye. he's smiling. he's having a good time. i love the old days, you know. you know what i hate, there's a guy totally disruptive throwing punches. we're not allowed to pun mp back anymore. i love the old days. you know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in place like this, they'd be carried out on a stretcher. the guards are gentle. he's walking out with big high five, smiling, laughing. i'd like to punch him in the face. >> the camera redirected to that
protesters and captured a portion of his exit. >> into china. no matter what he does, he can. they send their product of -- bye bye. good job, fella. >> as you can see there's no evidence the protester was throwing punches as claimed by trump. you've been in a lot of these rallies and i think it's people who are trump supporters find most unnerving is the dynamic with the response. >> he really riles up the crowds and it can feel different watching it from a monitor than in the room sometimes. there is an entertaining atmosphere. a lot of times if you see what he says written if print it seems a lot harr sher than it played in the room. the call to violence, the
talking about violence other over the past few month s a lot more concerning than some of the nak calling or the joking. i believe this is the first time in modern presidential politics that we've had a candidate talk about wanting to throw a punch at a protester, somebody who disagreed. candidate who said he could murder somebody and his supporters would still be supporting him. that was clearly in some amount of jest but it's unnerving what the suggestion is behind that. he joked about killing journalists. he talked about shooting somebody on fifth avenue. there's a lot of violent rhetoric in his rallies. >> there's also a moment that happens in almost every rally as far as i can tell and the one i was at where he has everyone turn and jeer the press. sort of gets that, it's a very element we've seen it throughout history in different context getting the crowd to do their three-minute hate at you. >> the press is the ultimate gop scapegoat even on the democratic
side as well. if something is not going your calling out the press, it's easy to turn it around and making it not the brunt of your failure. he knows what can get him on television. he knows the crowds, these republican leaning crowds, these conservative crowds do not like the media. he's turning them on fox news as well. they will jeer at the press. they will swear at you and raise the bird and other things. >> all right. thank you very much for joining us tonight. joining me now from caucus side of the high school is jacob. give me a quick run down of the process. it's not like the very complicated democratic process you and i were covering on saturday. it's a bit more straightforward, is that right? >> that's right. i'll walk you inside to show you
that. we're talking about how turn out has been historically low for the last two cycles. as you can see from this long line it's anything butt. this is the largest caucus location in clark county which is where the las vegas area is in nevada. all these people are coming in right noi and instead of dividing into preference groups, come with me. they'll divide into their precincts, just like a regular election. the big challenge here tonight will be in the counting of those votes and having them reported and tabulated. they need to take a photograph of a tally card and send that back to a central location. it took two or three days to count the results. we're hoping that's going to get done tonight. >> we're getting nishts reports of quite a bit of turn outs.
joining me now msnbc host and political correspondent. as we head into tonight, give us a look at the score. by the score i mean the actual score. there's all this expectation setting. there's all this talk about momentum. there's all this talk about cash on hand. ultimately, it's going to come down to delegates. there's an actual score that we know what the delegates are. >> right now donald trump has jumped out to a big lead. she's got 67 delegates on the next closest side is ted cruz. south carolina voted 50 delegates up for grabs in south carolina. next week, we have super tuesday. you'll have a dozen states voting next week on the republican side. you have a boat load of delegates. if you take a lot of momentum in those states you can walk out with a massive lead in the
delegate states. >> there's about 600 delegates up for grabs. they got to get to 1237. everyone is a long way from that. he's in the lead with 60 plus. even a 50-delegate lead is a pretty big lead when you're talking about most of the states doing representation. wins a 50-0 win in one state when you're going to be competing in state after state even if you're winning or losing that gives you a significant lead. >> the reason why it's true for trump is we're not at the winner take off phase of this yet. they do it by congressional district. if you're scoring in congressional districts even if you're not winning you could be picking up delegates across each state. trump's support is broad. he's winning moderates. he's winning rural evangelical christians opinion he's going to be competitive in alabama or
georgia. it's not like he's going to get a bunch of delegates from one state and get shut out. he's going to be collecting delegates across the board. >> right now he's looking at what's going in what appears to be a bill big lead, big low outs can turn into this sizable leg ups. >> south carolina is the ultimate example. some of those districts were very close. he was beating cruz and rubio by a point. he wins all from that district. nobody thought. that was a lesson saturday night because the rubio and cruz were saying we were going to get delegates and they both got zero. >> there's all this crazy fecklessness. it's like the old cartoon like who stole the people's money.
it's like who's job is it to bring out trump and it's like not us. not us. that appears to be the case as the guy is poised on his third victory out of four. >> i think the whole time with trump there's been this denial among other factions this can't be happening. somebody will stop him, but nobody has stopped him. nobody is changing his momentum. >> no one still, as far as i can tell, is really up in the air in a big way with negative ad buys against trump. as far as i can tell was in the last days of iowa, which were pretty effective. >> you're right. that's something not happened on a large scale. there's big donors that have not gotten involved yet.
they could be holding fire for mar ch 1st. >> the argument for trump is high floor, low ceiling. >> i hate this argument. >> that's the argument they make. it's a third of the party are against him and two-thirds are against him. >> it's in our own polling. we've been asking the question since the start -- >> who's your number two? >> we've been asking could you support this candidate as the republican presidential candidate. donald trump when he first got in the race the number was 23%. i bought the argument when he first got in the race that most of the party was against him. after a year of being exposed that number is well into the 60s now. that tells me he starts putting a few wins on the board, he's going to have no problem moving that support up substantially. >> i don't do this often like look into the camera but let me put it on the record. all these people that say i will
never concede conservativism to donald trump, we will be singing praises. please preserve this tape. >> i don't know if i agree with that. it will be such a tough wall to climb down who have said i would never vote for him. i would sit it out. i think you'll see some people doing that. it's too much. >> there's a graph that shows how far he can go in the primary if he's the nominee. when you see him shouting at protesters, the build the wall thing, that's playing well in the room and among a certain portion of the republican base.
he's got high negatives for a reason once you get into the general population. >> here's the thing i would look at. we skad he has tho chance of winning the nomination. he understood better than any of us understood what it took to win the nomination. he's on track to do that. he went out an did it. we've seen if that means completely disavowing things he said 10 years ago, he's willing to do it. he will turn around and pivot to the general election. >> a certain kind of person and personality, he's the virus and we're all the host. we were all just sitting around as host and the virus entered into this little microbial world where it was perfect to flourish. the question is does that continue after the primary or do the primaries create a certain set of circumstances he can't
transcend? >> i think he will have to shoplift shift on the few things in the general election. >> he'll shift because he doesn't care. >> there's never been a consequence for him when he does walk back a position. he'll be pretty seamlessly able to move to the center or otherwise sort of climb down from positions he's held previously. >> one of the big lessons so far is the comparative advantage on people that have no chance in certain kinds of situation which is what this primary has been so far. thank you both. still to come, we'll have continuing coverage of nevada caucus happening now plus the gop's nasty strategy. what the steady marks the right on the immigration means to the republican party and president obama's final year is marked with big battles in congress. those stories and more, ahead. hundreds of crash simulations. thousands of hours of painstaking craftsmanship.
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at his rally in sparks, nevada donald trump suggested his supporters will remain loyal no matter what. >> even the disloyal press says trump's people are the most incredible. 68% would not leave under any circumstances. i think that means murder. i think it means anything, okay. >> trump appears to have been references a poll from december that found that 68% of his supporters would support for him even if he bolts the gop. it's not the first time he bolstered he could kill someone and remain polls. >> they say i have the most loyal people. i could stand in the middle of fifth avenue and shoot somebody and they wouldn't leave. >> he's not wrong. the biggest single predictor of people voting for him wereincli.
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we're going to build that wall. don't worry about it. we're going to build that wall. we're going to build the wall and who's going to pay for that wall? who? >> in his rally here in las vegas, donald trump was introduced by arizona sheriff who was found guilty of racial profilie ining of latinos. the crowd burst into a chant of
build that wall. it was to a degree that trump's stance on immigration is a core component of his appeal. trump said he would institute a deportation force to go door to door and round up the roughly 12 million people living in the u.s. without documentation. a stance that ted cruz has cast as too extreme. >> no, i don't intend to send jack boots to knock on your door and every door in america. that's not how we enforce the law for any crime. >> that was in january. last night, cruz suggested he would deploy the jack boots. >> mr. trump would look for them to get them out. would you do that if you were president? >> look, bill, of course you would. we have law enforcement that looks for people. >> you president cruz are going to send the feds to his house, take him out and put him on a plane back to ireland?
>> you better believe it. >> here in nevada, the state republican party knows that how politically toxic that kind of proposal is. the state leads the nation with the highest rate of people living in the country illegally. it's population overall is 28% latino. perhaps it's not surprising the state's very popular governor supports comprehensive immigration reform. in 2013 the nevada republican party endorsed a path to citizenship for immigrants living here without authorization. even as republicans here in nevada moderate their immigration rhetoric in an effort to make end roads among latino voters, they are watching the lending contenders, the gop nomination pull their party in the opposite direction. largest migration in recent america history. your thoughts as you watch that
chanting happening in that rally, build the wall, build the wall. who's going to pay for it? mexico. >> chris, i think it plays well inside that room. the remainder of america understands clearly that there is no feasible way to mask, remove and deport some 12 million people living in this country right now. that simply isn't feasible. i think it's irresponsible of donald trump to get that down the line. the bill to the average american would be astronomical. it's not doable. >> if it's not doable, why do you see ted cruz, a united states senator, who said in january that's not the way we enforce the law. apparently having a road to damascus moment and embracing the position. >> i think we're going to see in
this particular season is historic highs and lows. we're going to see historic highs in terms of hispanic voter turn out and we're going to see historic lows in terms of campaign tactics and people saying and doing whatever it takes to get to the proverbial next level. any reasonable individual would understand, and i think the bulk of the republican party understands that simply will not happen. >> marco rubio said he wouldn't send out a deportation force although rubio has been rather difficult to pin down in any direction on immigration policy. he co-sponsored the gang of eight bill. he talked for it and he then abandoned it. it's unclear what he would do if he were president. do you feel like you know what marco rubio's immigration policy is? >> you know, i think that marco has yet room to clarify his
position. obviously, we all know his role in the gang of eight bill. it made sense at the time. i think marco has evolved. you know we've got a situation where he would have to work with the congress that is not interested in moving that bill. what you're seeing, i think, in marco is an evolving, maturing candidate. i'm very intrigued and encouraged by the fact that in marco you're seeing hope yet for the republican party. just last week he was endorsed by governor nikki haley. you saw a wide array of individuals now signing up in support of marco in the abvens of jeb bush. he's becoming the candidate for the republican party that will do battle gen donald trumagains. i think can illustrate there's hope yet for american's republican party to illustrate a
closer view, a more accurate view of the changing face of america. >> i'm not quite sold on the inclusiveness because i don't know what the policy is, but you seem confident, i suppose it couldn't be worst than people chandsing to build a wall. thank you for being with us. appreciate it. >> thanks so much. have a great night. still ahead, president obama with a new push to close the american prison in guantanamo bay as the republican campaign to restart and expand the torture of the recent past. (vo) beyond natural grain free pet food
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for many years it's been clear that the detention facility at guantanamo bay does not expand our national security. it undermines it. >> president barack obama inviting another election year show down with republicans by trying to make good on campaign that's been stymied. the president presented a plan to congress to close the detention center. it was first opened in january of 2002 to house detainees. some never charged with a crime. for years interrogators used interrogation techniques including torture to force them to talk. by 2008, the nominees in both parties were in agreement on
closing the facility. i believe opening guantanamo after 9/11 was necessary. it had become a propaganda tool and distraction for our allies. seven years later guantanamo is still open. the so-called legal process in shambles. current law prohibits the use of government funds to transfer prisoners to american soil and the construction of facilities to house them. the republican controlled congress has shown no interest in relenting on that matter. it's an issue not lost on the president. >> i am very clear eyed about the hurdles to finally closing guantanamo. the politics of this are tough. i don't want to pass this problem on to the next president, whoever it is.
and, if, as a nation if we don't deal with this now, when will we deal with it. >> if the republicans on the campaign trail have their way, not any time soon. >> not only are we not going to close guantanamo, if we capture a terrorist alive, they're not getting a court hearing in manhattan. they're going to guantanamo and we'll find out everything they know. >> today president obama announced his plans to try to try to shut down the guantanamo terrorist facility. don't shut down gitmo, expand it, and let's have some new terrorists there. >> this morning i heard president obama talking about gitmo, which we are keeping open. we are keeping open. we're going to load it up with some bad dudes. we're going to load it up. >> republican front-runner not only wants to keep guantanamo but he's campaigned on a
pro-torture, pro-war crimes platform. >> when you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. they care about their lives, don't kid yourself. they say they don't, you have the take out their family. >> in the middle east, we have people chopping the heads off christians. we have people chopping the heads off many other people. i would bring back water boarding and i'd bring back a hell of a lot worse than water boarding. earlier in the century, last century, general pershing, he took 50 bullets and dipped them in pigs blood and had his men load his rifles and he lined up the 50 people and they shot 49 of those people and the 50th person he said you go back to your people and you tell them
what happened. for 25 years, there wasn't a problem. okay. >> we should note that last story executing dozens of muslim prisoners in the philippines and dipping bullets in pig's blood has been debunked as a myth. next, one of the toughest jobs in washington has been the person in charge of closing guantanamo. i'll talk to someone who had that job. urgent diarrhea. you never know when ibs-d will show up. now there's prescription xifaxan. xifaxan is a new ibs-d treatment that helps relieve your diarrhea and abdominal pain symptoms. do not use xifaxan if you have a history of sensitivity to rifaximin, rifamycin antibiotic agents, or any components of xifaxan. tell your doctor right away
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year tod earlier today. joining me is cliff sloan. i saw you when you had that job. i joked it was like the drummer this spinal tap. it was like the worst job in washington was the dude who was supposed to close guantanamo. why is it so hard? >> well, it's hard for a number of reasons. first, you've had congress pass completely irrational and unnecessary restriction that have tended to tie the president's hands and you also have had the fact that the issue erupted politically. there are tremendous misunderstandings about it. the issue got seriously off course. that doesn't change the fact it's extremely important to close guantanamo.
it poses real national security problems as the president was just saying. >> to be clear about the population, there's a whole bunch of people, i think about 35 people who are sitting there who, we the united states government have no claim they have done anything wrong. they are just sitting there 12, 13 years in what is an endless hell for a person picked up off the street by a bounty hunter. there's a bunch of people going through a legal process and this legal limbo. why is it so hard to get the 35 out of there? >> you put your physical injurier on something important with the 35. many have been aprooufd for tra transfer for six years. they've been at guantanamo.
it's urgent they be transferred. the u.s. government have said it's in the national interest to transfer them and they should be transferred to other countries. a big problem is that a very significant number of these are from countries like yemen. there's a big majority from yemen where the security conditions don't allow returning them to yemen. you have to find other countri s countries. that can be done but it's been a serious problem. it's absolutely the case that we need to move forward with urgency on them. >> you hear marco rubio talking about we're not going to be trying terrorists in manhattan courts. we have done that. are we now looking at indefinite detention whether in guantanamo or somewhere else as a permanent feature of american law?
>> no, i don't think so. you have 91 people left at guantanamo. you've got 35 who are approved for transfer who should be transferred as soon as possible. you have ten that are facing proceedings in the military commissions which have had problems but those are formal proceedings. these other 46 are going through an administrative process which need to be expedited but 18 of the 21 who have gone through that process have been approved for transfer. the goal here is to get the number down absolutely as low as possible. those ten maybe a small number of additional ones. one thing that's very important in the president's policy is that even those who are not approved for transfer are getting reviewed every six months and many are getting approved for transfer. >> thanks for your time. appreciate it. >> thank you.
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we learned one of the top guys in the koch brothers is leaving to join marco rubio's campaign. he'll be a senior advisor immediately. the kochs have yet to spend any money on the primary. there were rumblings they were gearing up to do it but now it looks unlikely. the network said seriously debated launching an aggressive assault on trump but sources familiar with the network's planning says it's highly unlikely. republican donors don't think their money can stop trump and are worried if they spend it, it might backfire. it makes a lot of sense. signs indicate the koch's prefer
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folks are caucuses right now in nevada. for an update where 30 delegates are at stake, let's go do jacob who is live in las vegas. jacob, this caucus is a bit infamous for some crazy logistical snaffos that have happened in the past. i've been seeing rorts on twitter that it's kind of chaotic. what are you seeing first hand? >> kind of would be an understatement. if you're in the camp you thought the republican caucus in nevada was organized, in my humble opinion, you would be very wrong. these are essentially ballot booths because people are voting now. i don't want to get too close.
they're all voting with each other at the same table. these are precincts. they are sitting around tables together. this is a precinct. i don't know if you have have the birds eye view camera but they are in clusters of people moving together. some people are in line. some are voting. this is not an official function of the government. the secretary of state and nevada. this is a function of the state republican party of nevada who is putting this together and doing this entire process. have you caucused yet? >> i have. >> how do you feel, organized? >> i feel organized and we will win. >> who is we? >> my people here. >> who are you caucusing for? >> trump all the way. >> trump all the way. she feels organized. i don't feel as organized. somehow it will get done. >> jacob, live in that caucus location. we should note that the republican parties have some
problems controlling their own process in the past. people are voting and after they vote might elect some people. the thing that will count is the ballots. >> i'm going to show you what will happen. everybody wants to talk. they will go up to here. they're going to take what are called tally cards and take photos of these tally cards at this location and send them back to a central location where they will be tabulated by the republican party. four years ago it took between two and three days to make this all happen. >> two or three days. 21st century democracy in america. thank you very much. all right. when we come back, the
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win in super tuesday and beyond. rubio is trying to solidify the backing of republican voters who are fed up with donald trump's campaign. which is why the republican establishment has a message for john kasich, get out of the race and get out of marco rubio's way. they did something only ted cruz did something which is to engage in maximum obstruction. they are unanimously against an obama nominated supreme court come nation to antonin scalia. they addressed a letter to mitch mcconnell outlying their plan for obstruction. given the circumstances under which the vacancy arises we wish to inform you of your decision to with hold con sent on any nominee submitted by this president. it's signed by all 11 republican members of the judiciary
committee and that includes ted cruz. i have a theory on this. they don't want the ball to get rolling at all because it will be harder when there's a nominee. i think they are trying to anchor the negotiating position. they don't want to confirm an obama justice. i think part of this is about maintaining a relationship with the base that doesn't trust them. thinks they will be betrayed and get sold out. if there's any inkling of a sell out that could destroy the chances of marco rubio winning the nomination. the last thing he could endure would be one more perceived betrayal by the establishment. >> you have a situation where senator mcconnell laid out a marker they're not going to back off from. although a lot of folks belief there's a second layer of
politics here. the first layer is the truth. they don't want to confirm an obama nominee. they don't want to confirm somebody that will be a permanent fifth liberal vote on the supreme court that will haunt them for 30-plus years. there's a side benefit of sending a signal that's it's moved to the right in the senate and in situation like this, they understand the stakes in the national election. they understand they have to stay committed to this and senator mcconnell's message was straight gangster. he laid down the marker and he's not going to move. he's widely brilliant and he's going to hold the line on this. >> phillip, here's the thing. i don't know if he will or won't. we should note there's been a lot of back and forth of
accusations of hypocrisy on process. this action is unprecedented. they also said a number of people interviewed said we won't meet with the person. at a certain point you'll have the optics of this person walking through the halls of congress. >> with the door shut. >> of trying to meet. it's going to be -- this is not the end of this. >> if you're hillary clinton or bernie sanders, this is what you want. it's just going to help mobilize the democratic base in general election especially if obama puts forward some sort of historic nominee whether it's loretta lynch or some other diverse pick. the democrats can say the republicans are obstructing progress. i think it will be interesting to see how it plays out. >> it puts the core on the front burner for both sides to the extent there's an confirmation. rick, here's my question to you. i'm glad you said what you said.
it's been a lot of talking around the actual issue. conservatives don't want a fifth liberal justice on the court. that would pertain after the election. my question is, shouldn't mcconnell say this isn't for perpetuity. why is there anymore reason to budge or cave after an election. it's still the same problem. conservatives sill looking at the same bad outcome. shouldn't they hold the line even after the election? >> well, look, i believe that the danger of an obama nominee is particularly high because he has nothing political to moderate his behavior at any point. he has nothing to lose by trying to put in -- you mentioned loretta lynch. i think they should welcome that fight because she's so alyce laviolette -- lavish and
corrupt. >> she won two-thirds of the nomination battle. >> she's also spent the last year and a half serving as the roadblock to investigating hillary clinton's private e-mail server that was an open door to foreign intelligence services. she would have a rough ride no matter how you play it. an obama nominee is something that is intolerable to the republican majority in the senate. >> would that not pertain to a hillary clinton nominee? >> i just don't see the limiting. >> hillary clinton is elected -- >> if the point is that controlling that majority is really important from the first order political commitments, they should keep that thing as long as democratic president, they should make sure that nominee is not evaluated an not confirmed. >> i think because there's no political break on barack
obama's ambitions for who he would put on the court and no downside to appoint the most liberal person, he doesn't have to look at how he deals with the senate going forward. hillary clinton will have to deal with the republican majority and house and senate. that's beginning to begoing to equation for her. she might negotiate somebody that's more tempered than barack obama would put forward. there's going to be a lot of senate resistance no matter who the president is to anybody that will be a lock step, hard core liberal reflexive justice on this court. >> yeah. the point is we have a one way ratchet. the obstruction that we seen accelerate whether in filibuster or this unprecedented action today. there's no way to think that will be unwound. >> i don't think so. what's so exciting is it's a clarifying moment in presidential campaign. the voters are going to make a choice this year and you're going to go one way.
the choice could not be clear. >> not exciting for decisions. >> thanks for your time. that is "all in" for this evening. stay tuned for continuing coverage of the republican nevada caucuses. the rachel maddow show starts now from las vegas. good evening. has won the nevada republican caucuses. in its current it ration where nevada is an important early state and goes right after south carolina and has this incredibly influential role in the republicans choosing their nominee, in the entire history of nevada, only one person has ever won. that guy is mitt romney. the first time the nevada caucuses were held in 2008, mitt