Campaign Buzz February 4, 2012: Mitt Romney Wins Decisive Victory in Nevada GOP Republican Presidential Caucuses


By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger published by Facts on File, 2011.


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Mitt Romney celebrated his victory in Las Vegas on Saturday. More Photos »
Nevada Caucus Results »
11:35 PM ET 2:00

County Leaders
Size of Lead
Candidate Votes Percent
Mitt-romney_38 Mitt Romney 6,455 42.2%
Newt-gingrich_38 Newt Gingrich 4,016 26.3
Ron-paul_38 Ron Paul 2,813 18.4
Rick-santorum_38 Rick Santorum 2,012 13.2
Full Results » 41% reporting


Mitt Romney Wins Decisively in Nevada Caucuses: Mitt Romney scored a sweeping victory in Nevada today with a broad coalition of voters that included groups that he has struggled to win in previous contests, including very conservative voters, strong Tea Party supporters and evangelicals.
The victory extends the momentum Mr. Romney received from his commanding victory in Florida last Tuesday, and pushes forward his march toward the Republican nomination.
Mr. Romney’s rivals largely conceded the state before the results were known, with some leaving Nevada to campaign in Colorado and Minnesota. Mr. Romney, who won Nevada in 2008, had never given up the lead in polls here…. – NYT, 2-4-12

Romney wins Nevada Republican presidential caucuses: Mitt Romney won the Nevada Republican caucuses Saturday night, according to the Associated Press, giving the former Massachusetts governor his second consecutive victory of the year as he tightened his claim to dominant front-runner status in what had been a turbulent Republican presidential race.
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul were battling for second place, while former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum was running fourth…. – WaPo, 2-4-12

Live Coverage of the Nevada Caucuses: The Times’s political unit is on the ground in Nevada with the candidates to provide live updates and analysis from the trail…. – NYT, 2-4-12

“This is not the first time you’ve given me your vote of confidence, and this time I’m going to take it to the White House. This week he’s been trying to take a bow for 8.3 percent unemployment. Not so fast, Mr. President.

He’s celebrating that it’s at 8.3. That’s still above the emergency line of 8 percent. And, by the way, he doesn’t get credit for things getting better. I’m delighted things are getting better. But the people who deserve credit for making things better are people like Tom [owner of the metal fabrication plant] who build a place like this and employ people in this great state.

Wow, what a beautiful place you live in, with the mountains right there — extraordinary place to see. Actually, this is kind of beautiful, too. This is the look of jobs, you know that? And American competitiveness.

In tough times, we look for the words of someone like Thomas Paine who is purported to have said, ‘lead, follow or get out of the way.’ We elected this president to lead, he chose to follow, now it’s time for him to get out of the way.” — Mitt Romney

  • Romney Draws Nevada Victory With Broad GOP Support: Mitt Romney won handily in the Nevada caucuses with the help of groups he has struggled to persuade before, including strong Tea Party supporters and very conservative voters…. – NYT, 2-4-12
  • Mitt Romney wins Nevada GOP caucuses: Mitt Romney, solidly back in the frontrunner’s seat, swept to victory in Nevada’s Republican presidential caucuses Saturday. By Justin Sullivan, Getty Images Mitt Romney arrives at his election party at the … – USA Today, 2-4-12
  • Mitt Romney cruises to victory in Nevada caucuses: Mitt Romney romped to a commanding victory Saturday in Nevada’s Republican presidential caucuses, posting a second consecutive win and laying an impressive marker in a battleground state both parties will vigorously contest in … – LAT, 2-4-12
  • Big margins from conservatives, Mormons are key for Romney in his Nevada GOP: Mitt Romney rode his best performance yet among conservatives and overwhelming backing from Mormons to his emphatic victory Saturday in Nevada’s Republican presidential contest, according to preliminary results of a poll of voters entering … – WaPo, 2-4-12
  • Romney declares victory in Nevada, cements front-runner status in GOP: Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney has declared victory in Nevada’s caucuses. He thanked Nevada voters for their confidence in him and vowed to take it all the way to the White House. Romney’s decisive win comes four days … – WaPo, 2-4-12
  • While Romney roars, Santorum hopes for race reset: With the GOP caucuses in Nevada shaping up tonight as the fourth straight defeat for Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator took his “faith, family and freedom” tour to Colorado, where he asked conservatives to “reset this … – LAT, 2-4-12
  • Romney takes strong lead in Nevada GOP primary _ would be second in a row for: Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney jumped to a strong lead in the Nevada caucuses Saturday night, reaching for a second straight campaign victory over a field of rivals suddenly struggling to keep pace…. – WaPo, 2-4-12
  • Reaction to candidates, voting processes at Nevada’s Republican presidential caucuses: Reaction from people participating Saturday in Nevada’s Republican presidential caucuses in which Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum competed: ___ “Voting is very important. I consider you almost a second-class citizen if you don’t … – WaPo, 2-4-12

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (Win McNamee – Getty Images)

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