Breaking News From the Nevada Caucuses
Mitt Romney has added to his lead in the race for delegates with a big win in the Nevada Republican presidential caucuses.
Romney won at least 10 delegates in Saturday's contest, with eight delegates still to be determined. Newt Gingrich won at least four delegates, Ron Paul won at least three and Rick Santorum won at least two. Nevada awarded delegates in proportion to the statewide vote. Romney has a total of 97 delegates to the party's national convention, Gingrich has 30, Santorum has 16 and Paul has seven. It will take 1,144 delegates to win the Republican nomination for president.
Gingrich just finished speech. Says he's staying in the race. Latest results, from Fox News: With 35 percent reporting, Romney, 42%; Gingrich, 26%; Paul, 18%; Santorum, 13%.
Lastest Nevada caucuses numbers, from CNN, with 15 percent reporting: Romney, 47%; Gingrich, 21%; Paul, 20%, Santorum, 12%.
Romney speech over. Some highlights: Romney says as president, his priority will be saving your job, not his; "I won't bribe voters with promises of handouts;" tells supporters that Obama began his presidency by apologizing for America and "should now be apologizing to America;"
Romney speaking. "Mr. Obama, Nevada has had enough of your kind of help." Says he will take momentum from second straight win "all the way to the White House." Says real unemployement rate is 15%, not 8.3% reported Friday by government, and "Not so fast, Mr. President ... Mr. Obama, America has had enough of your kind of help." Says recover is thanks to individuals and private sector, and not to Obama.
Latest results from CNN: Romney, 47%; Gingrich, 22%; Paul, 19%; Santorum, 12%. 13 percent reporting.
NYT and NBC both call Nevada caucuses for Romney.
CNN just projected Romney as winner
Latest from The Associated Press
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has taken an imposing lead in Nevada's Republican presidential caucuses. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul are battling for second, with former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum trailing.
Returns from 11 of Nevada's 17 counties show Romney with 39 percent, Gingrich with 25 percent, Paul with 22 percent, and Santorum with 13 percent. No results have been reported yet from Clark County, which is expected to account for more than half the total vote.
CNN figures from Nevada. With 10 percent reporting, Romney, 48%; Paul, 21%; Gingrich, 20%; Santorum, 20%. Santorum, in speech from Greeley, Colo, says he's set a Weld County record wtih 640 people at his rally. Says he's been getting good turnouts.
Latest from Nevada. With 9 percent reporting, Romney, 47%; Paul, 21%; Gingrich, 20%; Santorum, 11%. No one calling race, but all saying Nevada goes to Romney and now the battle is for second place. Romney expected to speak from Las Vegas in a couple hours. "Team Romney" has returned to Nevada from Colorado, CNN reports.
Santorum talking to CNN says "I'm the father of seven children. That gives me a lot of world experience." "I've got a consistent record, a clear contrasting record with Barack Obama, that Mitt Romney doesn't have." Says he expects to win the nomination. He's at Lincoln Day dinner in Greeley, Colo.
New figures from CNN: With 6 percent reporting, Romney, 48%; Gingrich, 23%; Paul, 18%; Santorum, 11%.
Latest figures just in from CNN: Romney, 48 percent; Paul, 18 percent; Gingrich, 23 percent; Santorum, . 10 percent. These results include tally from Carson City, where Romney got 37 percent (656 votes); Gingrich had 32 percent (562 votes), Paul had 15 percent (268 votes) and Santorum had 14 percent (252 votes). Gingrich and Santorum gain ground, Romney and Paul lose ground.
Politico reports that Caucus sites were to begin closing at 8 p.m. Eastern time, with most results starting to come in about two hours later. At stake: 28 delegates. They're awarded on a proportional basis, meaning that they’re divided among the candidates.
Preliminary results of an entrance poll by The Associated Press shows Nevadans participating in Saturday's caucuses were focused on the economy and which candidate could best defeat Obama. The deeply conservative electorate included the largest share of tea party backers and the highest number of Mormons of any state to cast ballots thus far in the nomination contest, AP says.
With 3 percent of Nevada caucuses delegates checking in, Romney has 52 percent, Paul has 20 percent, Gingrich is at 19 percent, and Santorum has 9 percent.
ORLANDO, Fla. — A central Florida man is suing Newt Gingrich, claiming a security officer for the Republican presidential candidate stomped on his foot "like he was stomping out a cigarette," The Associated Press is reporting.
Edward Dillard claims his foot was fractured by the security team after voting Tuesday in the Orlando suburb of Windermere.
Dillard was wearing a Ron Paul T-shirt and holding a sign when Gingrich arrived. The lawsuit claims a "swarm" of security guards from Patriot Group International surrounded Dillard and one stomped on his foot while he was wearing open sandals, causing a fracture.
Ron Paul's campaign called for Gingrich to apologize. Messages left Saturday with Gingrich's campaign and Patriot Group were not immediately returned.
The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $75,000.
WASHINGTON — A poll of Republicans entering Nevada's caucuses Saturday showed that conservatives were accounting for around 4 in 5 voters, tying Iowa as the most conservative group of GOP voters so far this year as the party picks its presidential nominee.
The Associated Press reports that about 3 in 4 Nevada voters also said they were tea party supporters, the highest proportion of the five states that have now voted in the GOP presidential contest.
One in 4 voters Saturday was Mormon, about the same as in the state's 2008 contest.
Just over half said the economy was the dominant issue as they decided which candidate to support, while 1 in 3 cited federal budget deficits, AP says.
Over 4 in 10 said they were seeking a candidate who could defeat President Barack Obama this fall.
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