As anticipated, Mitt Romney won big in the Nevada caucuses Saturday. As of this morning, former Massachusetts governor had garnered 47.6% of the vote, out-distancing second-place finisher Newt Gingrich by nearly 25 percentage points.
More problematic for Gingrich, though, was not Romney’s margin of victory, which was anticipated by many. It was Ron Paul’s third place finish, close behind Gingrich. Gingrich won 22.7% of the vote, while Paul got 18.6%.
Also in deep trouble was fourth-place finisher Rick Santorum. He got just 11.1% of the vote, well out of the race, and it looks like his top finish in Iowa was just a fluke.
Romney will be hoping to quickly carry this momentum into Tuesday’s primaries, which will be held in Minnesota, Colorado, and Missouri, as well as the Maine caucuses, which run until this Saturday.
For more information on the Nevada caucuses, check out this New York Times article.
– Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPlace Money & Politics Editor
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