Saturday, January 19, 2008

Romney wins Nevada

Based on entrance poll results, ABC News projects that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will win the Nevada Republican Caucuses.

Romney, coming off a major victory this week in Michigan, was the perceived frontrunner entering the Nevada race, which has been overshadowed as most of the candidates focused during the past few days on the South Carolina Republican primary.

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Romney's campaign issued a statement about the projected victory in which candidate characterized the win as a vote for "change in Washington."

"Whether it is reforming health care, making America energy independent or securing the border, the American people have been promised much and are now ready for a change," the statement reads.

Romney also claims that success in the private sector as a business executive makes him the best candidate to tackle issues both domestic and foreign problems at a time when the "need for change is even more apparent" than it has been in decades.

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Romney won broad support among Nevada's Republican voters, according to preliminary entrance poll result analysis by ABC News. Notably, while Mormons only make up 7 percent of the state's population, the accounted for roughly a quarter of Republican caucus-goers. Ninety percent of them supported Romney, who is Mormon.

Romney also won support from the state's evangelicals, a demographic that had propelled rival candidate Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and a Baptist pastor, to his victory over Romney in Iowa. It is a feat that Romney also accomplished in his victory in Michigan earlier this week.

The Republican caucus-goers cited the economy and immigration as driving factors in the 2008 race and threw support behind the former Massachusetts governor as the best candidate to tackle those issues.

Good for Mitt. He needed this win.

Now how are things going in South Carolina?