Romney’s Big Win in Nevada: Does It Matter?


Surprising almost no one, Mitt Romney won the Nevada caucuses on
Saturday. Associated Press returns from 14 of 17 counties — but not
Clark County, the largest in the state — showed Romney drawing 42
percent of the votes. Entrance polls of caucus-goers released by CNN
earlier in the night showed Romney pulling 55 percent of the vote statewide.

Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul were locked in a tight race for second with
25 and 20 percent of the vote, according to the A.P., with Santorum
trailing at 13 percent.

If the exit poll results hold once the Las Vegas votes are counted, it
would mark an improvement for Romney from 2008, when he won 51 percent
of the Nevada vote. That’s significant because Romney had more
competition this time than last: In 2008, Romney and Ron Paul were the
only candidates to campaign for Nevada; this time, all four remaining
candidates have stumped here at least nominally

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