Mitt Romney's big lead in the polls in Nevada makes today's caucuses a not-so-thrilling affair, but the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Washington Post manage to find some things for political junkies to watch:
- Mitt Romney: Can he beat the 51% mark he got here four years ago? At this point, if he doesn't win in a blowout, it will be spun as a negative.
- Newt Gingrich: His pal Donald Trump abandoned him in Vegas; now he has to get enough support from conservatives and Tea Partiers to finish second ahead of Ron Paul.
- Ron Paul: His campaign has worked hard here and would dearly love a second-place finish. Paul hopes to surpass the 14% he got four years ago.
- Rick Santorum: Another fourth-place finish won't help him make the case that he's the conservative choice over Gingrich. Bad sign: He's already looking ahead to Tuesday's Missouri primary, which is more of a "beauty contest with no delegates," notes the Post.
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