Former Governor Mitt Romney easily won the the 2012 Nevada Republican Caucus. Texas Congressman Ron Paul took third place race while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich secured the second position.
The first in the west presidential contention took place Saturday as Republican voters went to the polls for the Nevada caucus. With 17 counties and 125 caucus locations, the Nevada Republican Party started to publish the results at 8 p.m. EST.
The caucus process consists of individuals speaking on behalf of the candidate they support for a couple of minutes, which is followed by a secret ballot. The precinct officials then tabulate the results and report it to the state GOP.
The Washington Post reports Sunday Romney took 47 percent of the votes, and Gingrich took 22.7 percent. Paul's third-place showing earned him 8.6 percent of the vote and Rick Santorum came last with 11 percent.
Romney thanked supporters at his campaign headquarters in Las Vegas, CNN writes, telling them that, "This isn't the first time you gave me your vote of confidence, but this time I'm going to take it to the White House," referring to his win in Nevada in 2008
Entrance polls suggested that the economy and the budget deficit were the most important issues for Nevada polls. The most important quality that a candidate exuded was the ability to defeat President Barack Obama.
Politico notes: "Twenty-eight delegates are at stake in the state and are awarded on a proportional basis, meaning even a strong Romney win will do little to pad his lead in the delegate count."
Meanwhile, the state of Maine has begun its week-long caucuses. A poll hasn’t been conducted in that state since October, but many expect a two-man race between Romney and Paul. The Texas Congressman skipped the Florida primary in order to campaign in Maine.
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Below are the specific numbers of the remaining four candidates (71 percent reporting):
Newt Gingrich: 23 percent | 5,623 votes
Ron Paul: 18 percent | 4,619 votes
Mitt Romney: 48 percent | 11,822 votes
Rick Santorum: 11 percent | 2,749 votes
Below are the results from three counties in Nevada:
Churchill (100 percent reporting)
Newt Gingrich: 19 percent | 144 votes
Ron Paul: 16 percent | 119 votes
Mitt Romney: 47 percent | 362 votes
Rick Santorum: 140 percent | 140 votes
Eureka (100 percent reporting)
Newt Gingrich: 30 percent | 30 votes
Ron Paul: 18 percent | 18 votes
Mitt Romney: 34 percent | 34votes
Rick Santorum: 17 percent | 17 votes
Mineral (100 percent reporting)
Newt Gingrich: 38 percent | 39 votes
Ron Paul: 14 percent | 15 votes
Mitt Romney: 37 percent | 36 votes
Rick Santorum: 12 percent | 12 votes