Blowout in Nevada? Romney Is on Track
Newt Gingrich is 20 points behind him in new poll
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2012 2:14 PM CST
Mitt Romney greets supporters at a campaign rally in Eagan, Minn., Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

(Newser) – Mitt Romney appears poised for a crushing victory in Nevada, leading Newt Gingrich there by a whopping 45% to 25%, according to a new poll commissioned by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Romney's total is powered by Nevada's comparatively large Mormon population, 85.5% of which says it intends to vote for him. Gingrich, meanwhile, is polling best among those who identify themselves as strong supporters of the Tea Party, with 37% to Romney's 27%.

Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are languishing at the back of the pack with 11% and 9% respectively, though Paul often outperforms his poll number, particularly in caucus states like Nevada. Paul is extensively organized in the state, whereas Santorum only recently opened offices there. Another 9% say they're undecided, meaning there's still a chance for a candidate to pick up steam—or for Romney to crack 50%.