As expected, Mitt Romney rolled to a big win in Saturday’s GOP Nevada caucus, notching his second win out of two contests in the West and third out of five (pending tonight’s South Carolina results).
With 98 percent reporting, Romney is set to win the majority of the vote:
Romney = 51%
Paul = 13%
McCain = 13%
Huckabee = 8%
Thompson = 8%
Giuliani = 4%
Hunter = 2%
Ron Paul leads John McCain for second place by more than 100 votes, while Mike Huckabee is edging out Fred Thomson for fourth place by just 25 votes.
Nevada, though taking a back-seat to today’s South Carolina primary in the media, will send more delegates (34) to the GOP national convention than South Carolina (24). South Carolina was penalized 23 delegates for holding its primary outside of the RNC’s approved timeframe (Wyoming and Michigan were similarly penalized about half of their delegates).
On the Democratic side, the race was very close: