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Mitt Romney scores another victory in Nevada GOP primary

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney claimed another victory on Saturday in the GOP primary contests by coming out on top in the Nevada caucus.

The former Massachusetts governor was expected to win because polls throughout the week placed him well ahead of his competitors. In 2008, Romney won the caucus by taking 51 percent of the vote.

Mitt Romney. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.)

The win gives Romney extra momentum from his win in Florida last week after he lost the previous contest in South Carolina to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of the gay conservative group GOProud, said Romney’s win in the Silver State shows the candidate has viability across the country.

“Gov. Romney has now won in the North, South, and West,” LaSalvia said. “Tonight is yet another indicator that he will be the Republican nominee.”

LaSalvia, who’s endorsed Romney, said the continuing wins for Romney demonstrate Gingrich — who’s had one win and four losses — should drop out of the race now.

“It’s clearly the end of the road for Gingrich,” LaSalvia said. “If he can’t win the home state of his biggest supporter, where can he win?”

Las Vegas casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson gave $10 million to Newt’s Super PAC, which has aired ads against Romney criticizing the candidate for his practices while running Bain Capital.

Nevada awards its delegates proportionately based on the vote percentages won by each candidate. The 28 delegates allotted to the state will be distributed among the different contenders, but Romney will receive the lion’s share for winning the caucuses.

One Democratic LGBT advocate based in Nevada pounced on Romney for his policy positions despite the candidate’s win.

Laura Martin, spokesperson for the Stonewall Democratic Club of Southern Nevada, said Romney may have won over Republicans in the state, but his positions that aren’t in line with Nevada’s population as a whole.

“Mitt Romney’s anti-job, anti-housing, anti-immigrant agenda coupled with his inability to connect with real people spells trouble for him in November,” Martin said. “And by clinging to the GOP’s failed economic principles of the past — the same anti-government anti-tax principles that have caused Nevada to have the highest foreclosure and unemployment rates in the country — Mitt Romney and the Republican Party has made themselves a risky bet very few Nevadans are willing to take.”

The next contests in Republican primary will take place on Tuesday in three states: Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri. The caucus in Maine started on Saturday and will continue until Feb. 11.

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23 more reader comments:

  1. Im always reminded of him when I use an oven mitt.

    Posted on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 9:11pm
  2. blah…

    Posted on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 9:12pm
  3. pit him up against obama then see how popular it is

    Posted on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 9:13pm
  4. Anthony, lol. :3

    Posted on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 9:13pm
  5. yea well i guess the sun does make you stupid

    Posted on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 9:16pm
  6. Meh.

    Posted on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 9:18pm
  7. Once again Mitt-Marilyn proves that Marilyn is the most popular of the Munsters as candidate: Ron Paul is Grandpa, pRick Santorum is Eddie, Newt is Herman and Bachman (now dropped out) was Lily.

    Posted on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 9:19pm
  8. Mitt can suck a big one

    Posted on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 9:20pm
  9. He has been accused of voter fraud, This primary is most likely the same

    Posted on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 9:22pm
  10. What the hell kind of name is Mitt anyway? Does he really expect people to take him seriously with a name like that? >_>

    Posted on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 9:26pm
  11. Honestly, I think the whole thing is rigged anyway.

    Posted on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 9:38pm
  12. Since when is this news? He’s like the only 1 running really. Hate him.

    Posted on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 9:43pm
  13. I agree with Jaclyn.
    I’d rather have Mitt in office though than Santorum, Bachman and Perry. I’m a Texan, but even I can admit that Perry is a Bible-kissing homophobic. So is Santorum.
    And Michelle Bachman? She’s just a flat out idiot.
    The other candidates aren’t even worth mentioning :(

    Posted on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 9:44pm
  14. Posted on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 9:54pm
  15. I hate to bash a religion(coughcultcough) but I don’t want a Mormon for president. If we want church and state seperate, this lil freak ain’t going to try and keep them apart

    Posted on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 10:24pm
  16. if i could vote, i would vote for mitt. my reasons are that he is alot more liberal socaily than he lets on, and i just really dont want obama to win. he really screwd our economy. and besides it would be pretty damn cool to have a mormon as president.

    Posted on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 10:31pm
  17. I really wish we could just have an all democrat presidential race.

    Posted on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 11:35pm
  18. God, please help those of us who still believe in compassion FOR EVERYONE…not just the upper class!

    Posted on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 11:36pm
  19. Why do people keep voting for him? He’s insane.

    Posted on Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 7:04am
  20. @ Megan give Bush some credit for this economic fiasco we are living in. As a matter of fact give him all your accolades because he’s the prime cause of it. To exspect President Obama to fix eight years of an economic catastophe in less than four years is lunacy. I know this is the age of the microwave generation but seriously you can’t push a button and exspect an immediate result. It takes time.

    Posted on Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 8:32am
  21. @ megan obama kept us from a depression he under estimated how bad the dip in the economy so we hit a ressesion (or how ever its spelled) mitt’s worse than bush look at bain capital mitt will just wants more money, obama cares

    Posted on Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 9:24am
  22. I am going with Obama again…When they can get a better person than Obama like maybe Hilary then I would have changed my mind…Like I always said, it takes a woman to fix shit

    Posted on Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 12:36pm
  23. Hillary would have made an amazing President.

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 6:30am