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February 4th, 2012
 

Romney Wins Nevada Easily

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney picked up another victory Saturday by taking the Nevada caucuses. Complete results were finally reported around 3:30 am central on Monday. It was a dominant victory for Romney.

Mitt Romney – 16,486, 50.1%,

Newt Gingrich – 6,956, 21.1 %

Ron Paul – 6,175, 18.8%

Rick Santorum – 3,277, 10%

Turnout was much lower than expected. Only 32,894 people voted. 44,000 Nevadans participated in 2008.

Romney was expected to do well in Nevada, thanks in part to the state’s Mormon population. He picked up over 51 percent of the vote in Nevada four years ago, when the contest was lightly regarded because it was held the same day as South Carolina’s primary. Nevada awards 28 delegates, on a proportional basis. 1144 delegates are required to clinch the GOP nomination.

Newt Gingrich held a press conference Saturday night promising to stay in the race all the way to the national convention in Tampa. He immediately attacked Romney on various fronts, so reports that he would run a more positive campaign were erroneous.

Maine Republicans also held caucuses Saturday, but those meetings are spread out over a week, so we will not know the results until February 11. Romney and Ron Paul are the favorites there.

TheIowaRepublican.com’s Delegate Counter

Candidate State / Total Delegates Delegates Awarded Allocation
Mitt Romney Iowa-28 9 (estimated)* Non-binding
New Hampshire14 7 Proportional
South Carolina-25 2 Winner take all**
Florida-50 50 Winner take all
Nevada-28 14 Proportional
Total 145 82
Candidate State / Total Delegates Delegates Allocation
Newt Gingrich Iowa-28 3 (estimated)* Non-binding
New Hampshire-14 0 Proportional
South Carolina-25 23 Winner take all*
Florida-50 0 Winner take all
Nevada-28 6 Proportional
Total 145 32
Candidate State / Total Delegates Delegates Awarded Allocation
Ron Paul Iowa-28 7 (estimated)* Non-binding
New Hampshire-14 4 Proportional
South Carolina-25 0 Winner take all
Florida-50 0 Winner take all
Nevada-28 5 Proportional
Total 145 16
Candidate State / Total Delegates Delegates Awarded Allocation
Rick Santorum Iowa-28 9 (estimated)* Non-binding
New Hampshire-14 0 Proportional
South Carolina-25 0 Winner take all
Florida-50 0 Winner take all
Nevada-28 3 Proportional
Total 145 12

* Most media outlets project all or almost all of Iowa’s delegates going to Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. TheIowaRepublican.com’s projection is based more closely on the percentage of votes the candidates received in the Iowa Caucus.

** Romney’s two delegates from South Carolina come from winning one of the state’s congressional districts.

Photo by Dave Davidson, Prezography.com


About the Author

Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for TheIowaRepublican.com.




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