Romney Poised for
Nevada Victory Ahead of Caucuses
February 2, 2012
Fresh from a major win in Florida, U.S. Republican presidential
contender Mitt Romney appears poised for victory in the western state of
Nevada, with just one day to go before that state's presidential
A new poll gives the former Massachusetts governor a 20-point lead over
former House of Representatives speaker Newt Gingrich (Romney with 45
percent and Gingrich with 25 percent). The survey of likely Republican
caucus voters showed former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum with 11
percent and Texas Congressman Ron Paul with 9 percent.
Nevada is one of eight presidential nominating contests to take place
ahead of "Super Tuesday" on March 6, when 10 states will hold their
Romney is expected to get a boost in Nevada from fellow followers of the
Mormon religion. He won Nevada the first time he ran for the Republican
nomination in 2008. Then, Mormons made up about a quarter of Nevada
Republican caucus voters, and 95 percent of them backed Romney.
former governor is holding campaign events throughout the state Friday.
Gingrich and Paul are also campaigning in Nevada, while Santorum is
focusing his attention on Missouri, which holds its presidential primary
Under state Republican rules, Romney picked up all 50 of the delegates
Florida is allocated at the national convention. To win the presidential
nomination, a candidate needs 1,144 of 2,286 delegate votes at the
More than 200 delegates will be handed out over the next month, while
437 delegates are up for grabs on "Super Tuesday."