Romney Wins Easily in Nevada

Gingrich, Paul in close race for second

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 4, 2012 8:06 PM CST | Updated Feb 4, 2012 9:10 PM CST

(Newser) – The polls this week were right: Mitt Romney easily won the Nevada caucuses tonight, just as he did four years ago, report the AP and CNN. That's two straight victories for the frontrunner. The more interesting battle was that for second place: Romney took 42%, but Ron Paul at times looked poised to trounce Newt Gingrich. Gingrich prevailed in the final tally with 25%, Paul with 18%, and Rick Santorum had 13%.

As he did after his South Carolina win, Romney addressed supporters and put the focus on the White House rather than his rivals."President Obama seems to believe America's role as leader in the world is a thing of the past," he said. "I believe the 21st century will be and must be an American century." Next up after tonight: Tuesday night caucuses in Minnesota and Colorado, and a primary in Missouri. (No delegates will be awarded in the Missouri contest, and Gingrich isn't even on the ballot, notes the Washington Post.)

Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colo., Saturday.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colo., Saturday.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Newt Gingrich speaks during a campaign stop at the International Church of Las Vegas on Friday.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, checks his watch backstage before a campaign stop Saturday in Rochester, Minn.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Rick Santorum answers question from local residents while campaigning in Hannibal, Mo., Friday.   (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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