by Steven Ertelt
January 20, 2008
Carson City, NV (LifeNews.com) — Mitt Romney won the Nevada caucus handily but his landslide victory went largely ignored by the mainstream media. Before the vote, Nevada didn’t receive the attention as did the South Carolina primary and the media mostly focused on the southern state as results came in during the evening.
With 99 percent of the precincts recorded, Romney received 51 percent of the state delegates with no other Republican candidate coming anywhere close.
He was the only major candidate to campaign in the state while most of the rest of the Republican field stayed in South Carolina for the first-in-the-South primary.
Ron Paul finished in second place for the first time in any presidential battleground state as he captured 14 percent of the state delegates. John McCain, who won South Carolina, finished third with 13 percent of the delegates.
Looking at other candidates in Nevada, Mike Huckabee received 8 percent of the delegates as did Fred Thompson while Rudy Giuliani received only four percent and Duncan Hunter two percent.
Unlike South Carolina, there are not as many pro-life voters in this western state.
Entrance polls in Nevada showed that just 86 percent of voters in the caucus declared themselves Republicans and those voters broke 57-13 percent for Romney over McCain while the 12 percent of independents broke for Paul at a 51 percent clip.
Romney captured 56 percent of the 75 percent of voters who call themselves conservatives but just 37 percent, to 27 percent for McCain, among the 21 percent of voters who say they are moderates.
As LifeNews.com reported, Romney made pro-life overtures to Nevada voters at the end of the week.
"I am pro-life, and I would welcome a time when the people of America concluded that abortion was wrong, but that’s not where America is, and that’s why I believe that the next right step for America is for the court to overturn Roe v. Wade," he told voters there.
"That would return to the states and to the elected representatives of the people the ability to set their own laws related to abortion," he added.