Nevada Finally Finishes Vote Count, Romney Tops 50%
The Nevada GOP has finally released the final certified results from Saturday’s caucus:
(CNN) – Mitt Romney won Saturday’s Nevada caucuses with his highest portion of a state’s vote yet, just over 50%, according to certified results released Monday by the Nevada Republican Party.
Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who also won the state’s GOP caucuses in 2008, received more than twice the votes of his closest opponent.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich finished in second place with just over 21% of the vote. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas placed third at 18.7%, and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania earned 9.9%.
Of possible concern for the GOP is the fact that turnout was down from the 2008 caucus when roughly 44,000 people participated. This year, the number was 33,000, a drop of roughly 25%. Although, if the caucuses are run as badly as the vote counting indicates one can certainly understand why.