Romney Hits the Jackpot in Nevada

Feb 5, 2012 Full story: www.theblaze.com 22

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To literally no one's surprise, Mitt Romney swept the board in the casino state.

Romney's Nevada caucus victory was always on the cards, and with 71% of precincts reporting, he's raked in 48% of the vote. He's trailed by Gingrich at 23%, Paul at 19%, and Santorum at 11%.

Romney went in to the caucus with two trump cards - Donald Trump's endorsement, and Nevada's Mormon voters. Mormons made up more than a quarter of Nevada caucus-goers, and broke over 90% for Romney.

Trump fired speculation with his promise of a "major announcement" on Thursday. Would he re-enter the race? Release Obama's Kenyan birth certificate? The media widely - and incorrectly - reported the Gingrich camp's claim that Newt was about to snag the coveted Trump endorsement.

But embarrassingly for Gingrich, Trump announced that Mitt's his guy. Romney, looking profoundly uncomfortable, professed himself "delighted" and wrapped up the event so fast that it was over five minutes after it began. In thanking Trump, Romney said

"There are some things you can't imagine happening in your life. This is one of them."
His tone suggested he didn't mean this in a good way. (Watch it here.)

Pundits have questioned Romney's wisdom in tying himself to a man known in pop culture for the catchphrase "you're fired!"

Gingrich whipped up a little more drama by calling a caucus-night press conference instead of the traditional post-election party. Is Newt pulling out of the race, wondered the four people still paying attention? But no - Gingrich announced the non-news that he is not quitting at all, not by a long shot, and he'll see us all at the Tampa convention in August, thanks very much. In other breaking news, Gingrich still doesn't think much of Romney.

Weigh in: Does Romney now hold all the cards? Should the other candidates fold?

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Since: Nov 11

Burlingame, CA

#1 Feb 5, 2012
It's arguable that Gingrich did pretty well in this caucus, given that his organization in Nevada was close to zero: he didn't buy TV or radio ads, and he scaled back his campaign events to one per day.

There was a lot of media speculation that Paul might win second place because of his well-organized ground campaign, but actually, he's trailing Gingrich by 5%. It's possible he'll close the gap a bit once all the precincts have reported.

Since: Dec 07

Clermont, Florida

#2 Feb 5, 2012
Does Romney now hold all the cards? Should the other candidates fold?

They should do whatever they feel is right...and whether they have the support and money to keep going. Hopefully they'll soon start backing Romney so all conservatives and conservative leaning Independents (and maybe some Democrats) will get on board. I expect Newt to stay in till Super Tuesday so he can claim Georgia -- and maybe Tennessee.(?)
Makes sense

Dearborn, MI

#3 Feb 5, 2012
Dismayed wrote:
Does Romney now hold all the cards? Should the other candidates fold?
They should do whatever they feel is right...and whether they have the support and money to keep going. Hopefully they'll soon start backing Romney so all conservatives and conservative leaning Independents (and maybe some Democrats) will get on board. I expect Newt to stay in till Super Tuesday so he can claim Georgia -- and maybe Tennessee.(?)
LOL Do you think in a general election, Romney will have a 25% Mormon advantage??? So are you willing to concede that there never was a Tea Party movement???

Since: Feb 11

Location hidden

#4 Feb 5, 2012
Endorsement from Donald a (cough) trump card?

Really?

Is there anyone in either party that thinks that this was a positive?

Really?

Is there no one in Romney's organization that could not steer him away from this obvious blunder?

Since: Oct 08

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#5 Feb 5, 2012
Dismayed wrote:
Does Romney now hold all the cards? Should the other candidates fold?
They should do whatever they feel is right...and whether they have the support and money to keep going. Hopefully they'll soon start backing Romney so all conservatives and conservative leaning Independents (and maybe some Democrats) will get on board. I expect Newt to stay in till Super Tuesday so he can claim Georgia -- and maybe Tennessee.(?)
Romney got more votes in Nevada in 2008 than he did this week

Since: Dec 07

Clermont, Florida

#6 Feb 5, 2012
Makes sense wrote:
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LOL Do you think in a general election, Romney will have a 25% Mormon advantage??? So are you willing to concede that there never was a Tea Party movement???
No, there was a Tea Party movement. They're just outnumbered, but I expect the majority will eventually back the republican nominee.

As for Romney's 25% Mormon advantage, that won't work since Mormons make up only about 2% of our population. And some are Democrats, e.g., Harry Reid. How does that factor anyway? People so far haven't generally been voting or not voting for Romney because of his religion.

I'm Baptist as are many of my friends and most of us are for Romney. But I'm also Independent whereas they are definitely Republican. Florida went strongly for Romney and the Mormon population is certainly not what it is out west and Independents cannot vote in the primaries in Florida.

I expect Obama to still get the vast majority of black votes too...and there are more blacks than Mormons. But some of us actually look at the issues and reasons for our votes other than some superficial reactionary vote.

Since: Dec 07

Clermont, Florida

#7 Feb 5, 2012
NoMo wrote:
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Romney got more votes in Nevada in 2008 than he did this week
The votes are still being counted in Nevada as of a couple of hours ago. And the GOP thinks there are fewer voters this year.

Romney's still got a much higher percentage than Newt and Paul and Santorum. Let's see how he does in November!

Since: Dec 07

Flint, TX

#8 Feb 5, 2012
Makes sense wrote:
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LOL Do you think in a general election, Romney will have a 25% Mormon advantage??? So are you willing to concede that there never was a Tea Party movement???
Do you ever think you will have more than 25% brain capacity?
celticwarriors

Seminole, FL

#9 Feb 5, 2012
Romney hits the crackpots should be the title of this article.
Ron Paul wins video

Toronto, Canada

#10 Feb 5, 2012
andet1987

Chicago, IL

#11 Feb 5, 2012
i thought Romney won the gambling in Nevada.
hillbilly

Catlettsburg, KY

#12 Feb 6, 2012
andet1987 wrote:
i thought Romney won the gambling in Nevada.
IS Trump going to be NO 2"ITs hard to see him that way,he is A spoiled brat.

Since: Dec 07

Clermont, Florida

#13 Feb 6, 2012
Well, finally, Nevada has finished counting! Romney gets 10 delegates w/50% of the votes; Gingrich 4; Paul 3; Santorum 2.

http://townhall.com/election-2012/primaries/s...
Jay Leno

Fremont, CA

#14 Feb 6, 2012
Nevada's always a gamble.
Makes sense

Dearborn, MI

#15 Feb 6, 2012
Dismayed wrote:
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No, there was a Tea Party movement. They're just outnumbered, but I expect the majority will eventually back the republican nominee.
Well, if there were a Tea Party movement, you don't sound like you support it. Romney is the antithesis of the Tea Party and you know it. He's a Flip Flopping Massachusetts big spending liberal, to the left of Obama.

Worst of all Romney can't be TRUSTED, but don't let the truth stand in the way of your FEELINGS.

“Too much LDS in the 60's”

Since: Sep 10

Marysville, CA

#16 Feb 6, 2012
Super Tuesday was Romney's downfall in 2008. I believe it will be his Waterloo this year also.

Since: Dec 07

Clermont, Florida

#17 Feb 6, 2012
Makes sense wrote:
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Well, if there were a Tea Party movement, you don't sound like you support it. Romney is the antithesis of the Tea Party and you know it. He's a Flip Flopping Massachusetts big spending liberal, to the left of Obama.
Worst of all Romney can't be TRUSTED, but don't let the truth stand in the way of your FEELINGS.
I've never said I was part of the TEA Party. I'm also an Independent...and I think Romney can be trusted! He's not to the left of Obama for heaven's sake...stop the rhetoric.
Corn cob Bob Winkle

United States

#18 Feb 6, 2012
Ron Paul is going to win, americans is starting to open their eyes, and see whats happening while they were asleep. 2012 is the year of Ron Paul.

Since: Feb 11

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#19 Feb 6, 2012
Dismayed wrote:
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I've never said I was part of the TEA Party.
QUAK QUAK QUAK! If it looks like a duck...
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Since: Dec 07

Clermont, Florida

#21 Feb 6, 2012
barefoot2626 wrote:
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QUAK QUAK QUAK! If it looks like a duck...
At least they're much better than the Occupiers...I am just a bit more moderate than the Tea Party.

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