Despite past controversies, Donald Trump may have been the choice of Hispanics who participated in Tuesday night's Nevada Republican caucuses.
According to entrance polls, Trump won 44 percent of Hispanics in the Silver State, topping Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who pulled 29 percent and 18 percent, respectively. Hispanics made up 9 percent of the electorate in the caucus state, which rounds out the first four voting states before Super Tuesday.
Overall, Trump won 41 percent of the non-white vote Tuesday night, compared to Rubio's 30 percent, representing 16 percent of voters overall who caucused.
Trump has drawn the ire of many in the Hispanic community after his campaign's kickoff speech in June, in which he said that some illegal immigrants from Mexico come to commit crime and are "rapists," before adding that "some, I assume, are good people." In addition, Trump has publicly butted heads with Spanish-speaking Univision throughout the campaign after the network terminated their deal to air the Miss USA pageant, which Trump held stake in.
In Saturday's Democratic primary, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders initial reports suggested the Hispanic vote despite losing overall to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a claim the campaign pushed back against almost immediately. Subsequent analyses cast doubt on those early entrance poll numbers.