Saturday’s Nevada caucus has been long time acknowledged to be won by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Several factors all pointed out towards a positive result for Romney, but the remaining candidates did not back down. In fact, even after Romney won the Nevada caucus, the feisty Newt Gingrich says he won’t give up.
According to an Associated Press released February 5th, Mitt Romney got in Saturday’s caucus 48 percent of the vote, with 71 percent of precincts reporting. Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich, the most determined contra candidate, had 23 percent, followed by U.S. Representative Ron Paul with 19 percent support and former Senator Rick Santorum with only 11 percent.
Nevada has been an easy win for Mitt Romney. First of all, Nevada has a sizable population of Mormons, which was expected to throw their support to the former Massachusetts governor, also part of the same religion. Secondly, Nevada already gave its support to Mitt Romney four years ago.
At the same time, as much as the other candidates tried to raise support, they didn’t make it and that was particularly disadvantageous for Newt Gingrich. The former House of Representatives speaker needs debates to challenge and raise difficulties for his adversaries. But since ahead of the Nevada caucus, there was no debate, it’s easy to see why he only had 23 percent support.
After the results came in, Mitt Romney went at the Red Rock Casino to give a speech. He started by thanking Nevada for the support given. “This is not the first time you gave me your vote of confidence and this time I’m going to take it to the White House”, he said.
Then, Mitt Romney continued his speech talking about Barack Obama and the 8.3 percent unemployment rate. He said: “Mr. President, we welcome any good news on the jobs front. But it is thanks to the innovation of the American people in the private sector and not to you”.
As Romney scored his third successful caucus, Newt Gingrich did not seem discouraged. He pledged to continue campaigning right until the party’s national convention in Tampa, Florida, six months from now.