Republican presidential candidate loses to Trump in Nevada, but reminds supporters he's the only one to beat Trump so far in early contests. Rough cut (No reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican Party's presidential candidate Ted Cruz continued engaging his supporters on Tuesday (February 23) after losing in the Nevada caucuses to rival Donald Trump. Trump has now tallied wins in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. But Cruz reminded his supporters that he is the only candidate to have beaten Trump so far, in the opening nominating contest in Iowa. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, TED CRUZ, SAYING: "The role of the first four primaries historically has been to narrow the field and we have seen the first four states do exactly that -- narrow the field. Now at this point we've had four primaries, history teaches us that nobody has ever won the nomination without winning one of the first three primaries. And there are only two people who have won one of the first three primaries. Donald Trump and us. The and the undeniable reality that the first four states have shown is that the only campaign that has beaten Donald Trump and the only campaign that can beat Donald Trump is this campaign." Broadcast networks called the state for Trump almost immediately after voting ended, with the state Republican Party confirming the victory soon after. With returns still being tabulated, Cruz and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida were vying for second and third place. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Ohio Governor John Kasich lagged behind with single-digit support in early returns. The rivalry between Cruz and Rubio has intensified as both seek a boost going into the nominating contests in a dozen states on March 1, known as Super Tuesday.