Romney Wins Nevada Caucuses

8:47 PM PST 02/04/2012 by THR Staff
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The GOP presidential candidate has a strong end to a week that began with victory in Florida.

Mitt Romney has won another victory in his quest for the Republican presidential nomination.

With results still coming in from Saturday's Nevada caucuses, it appears the former Massachusetts governor defeated former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Congressman Ron Paul by double digits, the AP reports. His margin over Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum was even larger.

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It is unclear whether Gingrich or Paul will take the second place finish.

The win comes at the end of a week that began with Romney winning Florida, a contest which drew intense media attention and spending from the candidates. Nevada, in contrast, drew relatively little of either.

Romney used his victory to attack President Barack Obama.

"This week he's been trying to take a bow for 8.3 percent unemployment. Not so fast, Mr. President," Romney told supporters. "This is the 36th straight month with unemployment above the red line your own administration drew."

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According to an AP poll taken in Nevada before the caucuses, one quarter of those polled shared Romney's Mormon faith, and half said choosing a candidate who could beat Obama in the general election was their top priority.

Twenty-eight Republican National Convention delegates were up for grabs at the Nevada caucuses, out of 1,114 needed to win the nomination.

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