Donald Trump has outpaced his closest competitors, lately winning 34,531 votes in the Nevada caucus — more than the sum of the second- and third-place candidates, Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. March 1 is Super Tuesday, when many of the Southern states will vote, representing a robust package of delegates the winners will take to the Republican convention in Cleveland.
So by Wednesday morning the situation will be clearer, but as of now we can say that Trump seems on an unstoppable march, so much so that prominent neoconservatives are calling him victor and threatening to vote for Hillary Clinton.
The possibility of recovery by Marco Rubio, the preferred establishment candidate, seems remote. Trump is now the favorite thanks to a combination of factors that the other Republican candidates have not understood or have not been able to control: first and foremost the extreme frustration of voters.
After eight years of stagnating wages, the employment recovery masks the permanent expulsion of millions of Americans from the labor market. The white working class no longer believes the promises of conventional politicians. “They feel isolated, without help, victims of powerful forces they do not understand that have taken over,” Noam Chomsky says.