By Wikinews, Reprinted By The Raleigh Telegram
NEVADA – Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney won the 2012 Nevada caucuses on Saturday. This win follows his victory in Florida’s primary earlier last week. Former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich came in second and Ron Paul and Rick Santorum followed.
With 71% of districts reporting, Romney won with 48% of the vote, followed by Gingrich with 23%, Paul with 19%, and Santorum with 11%. Nevada has 28 delegates, which will be distributed proportionally.
According to an entrance poll preformed by CBS News, in Nevada, Romney won 48% of the male vote and 52% of the female vote. Romney also won 56% of the vote among people with postgraduate educations.
Newt Gingrich won 32% of the vote from people who make less the US$30,000 a year, while Paul won 31%, Romney won 29% and Santorum won 8%.
At his victory celebration in Nevada, Romney thanked his supporters.
“This is not the first time you gave me your vote of confidence and this time I’m going to take it to the White House,” said Romney. Romney had also won Nevada in the 2008 caucuses.
Newt Gingrich pegged his strategy on the coming Super Tuesday primaries.
“I don’t think a timid approach [by Romney] will beat Barack Obama in the fall… I’m going to run a campaign of big ideas, big solutions,” added Gingrich.
ROMNEY WINS FLORIDA
On Tuesday, Mitt Romney also won the Florida Republican Party presidential primary election with over 46 percent of the vote. Former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich came in second with 32 percent.
As a winner-takes-all state, Florida awarded all fifty of its delegates to Romney, pushing him ahead as the front-runner for the Republican Party nomination.
The win follows what The Wall Street Journal described as “one of the most acrimonious weeks in recent presidential campaign history.”
Gingrich briefly led the polls in Florida after his victory in the South Carolina primary on January 21st, and attributed his fall to negative advertisements from the Romney campaign. Romney outspent Gingrich five-to-one on campaign advertisements in the state.
According to exit polls, Romney won the female vote by a large margin over Gingrich. He also edged him among the Tea Party and conservative voters, and tied him among evangelicals.
In his victory speech, Romney argued that “a competitive primary does not divide us. It prepares us. And we will win.”
Speaking after the vote, Gingrich disagreed.
“It is now clear that this will be a two-person race between the conservative leader Newt Gingrich and the Massachusetts moderate…We are going to contest every place and we are going to win.”
Former Senator Rick Santorum finished third with 13 percent, followed by Congressman Ron Paul with seven percent. Paul did not campaign extensively in Florida and instead chose to focu his campaign on Nevada.
Gingrich hopes to keep his campaign alive with victories in his home state of Georgia, along with the additional southern states of Tennessee, and Texas. ::