Sunday, February 5, 2012

Romney wins Nevada caucuses

The GOP front-runner Mitt Romney increased his momentum by easily winning Saturday’s Nevada caucuses. As reported by iPolitics, “returns from 13 of 17 counties showed Romney with 43 per cent support, Newt Gingrich with 24 per cent, Ron Paul with 20 per cent and Rick Santorum with 13 per cent.”

This is Romney’s second decisive victory in four days—he won the Florida primary on Tuesday. But his first-place finish may not mean a lot nationwide. Nevada is considered friendly territory for Romney, a Mormon. The state borders on Utah and, according to entrance polls, about a quarter of voters in the Nevada caucuses were Mormon.

Twenty-eight delegates were at stake in Nevada; 1,144 are needed to lock up the GOP nomination.

At this point, all four candidates seem determined to carry on to the next round of primaries on March 6.

© 2012 Russell G. Campbell

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