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Throughout the state of Nevada this morning, people gathered at their local caucus site and cast their vote for change in Washington.  With this important victory in the heart of the West, Governor Romney will continue traveling across the country calling for change in a Washington that is fundamentally broken.  Governor Romney issued the following statement concerning his victory in Nevada:

http://www.mittromney.com/News/Press-Releases/Nevada_Victory

“Today, the people of Nevada voted for change in Washington.  For far too long, our leaders have promised to take the action necessary to build a stronger America, and still the people of Nevada and all across this country are waiting.  Whether it is reforming health care, making America energy independent or securing the border, the American people have been promised much and are now ready for change.

“The need for change is even more apparent today as our economy faces challenges both here at home and abroad.  For decades, we have talked about the long-term economic challenges confronting our country but still the tax burden is too high, business is stifled by regulations and more money goes to defending against junk lawsuits than promoting research and innovation.  Now, Washington must act and take the steps necessary to strengthen our economy.  With a career spent turning around businesses, creating jobs and imposing fiscal discipline, I am ready to get my hands on Washington and turn it inside out.”

And here are some fast facts and demographics information on Nevada:

 Swing state: Nevada is a key swing state that has been decided by 4 percentage points or fewer in each of the last four general elections.

 General election: Winning presidential candidates have carried Nevada in every election since 1976, and in 23 of the last 24 presidential elections.

 Large Hispanic block of voters: Nevada is the first GOP primary state with a significant Hispanic population—10% of all votes cast in 2004 were by Hispanic voters, and the number of Hispanic voters will likely be even higher this year. 

 Fastest growing state in the nation: According to the US Census Bureau, Nevada is the fastest-growing state in the nation—its population grew 2.9 percent in the past year, and has more than doubled since 1990.  By 2030, Nevada is projected to have almost as many residents as Iowa and New Hampshire combined.

 Demographics:

  • The median household income in Nevada is $52,998, slightly above the US average of $48,451 (Census Bureau)
  • 19.1% of Nevadans were born outside the US, significantly higher than the nationwide average of 12.5% (Census Bureau)
  • 12% of Nevada voters say they are “white conservative Protestants” (2004 VNS Exit Poll)
  • By comparison, just 7.4% of Nevada residents belong to the LDS Church (Churches and Church Membership in the United States, 1990)
  • Nevada ranks 47th in the US in percent of married couples as a proportion of all households, at 47.4%, compared to the nationwide average of 49.7% (Census Bureau)

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From Politico:

Mitt Romney won the Republican presidential caucuses in Nevada Saturday, as Republicans were still voting in their South Carolina primary.

CNN has only 10% at the money and Romney has

Romney 56%

McCain 12%

Paul 12%

Huckabee 8%

Thompson 8%

Giuliani 3%

Way to go Gov. Romney!!!!

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“Republicans need a candidate who represents conservative values, builds bipartisan support and signals change for a restless electorate.

 “Romney is that candidate.”

http://news.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080117/NEWS18/80117043/1232/NEWS19

 Romney is GOP’s best candidate

 RENO GAZETTE JOURNAL

 Nevada Republicans who want to participate in their party’s choice of a presidential nominee have a problem: The party and the candidates have shown little interest in them in the run-up to Saturday’s GOP caucuses.

 State Republican officials made a mess of the process, including erroneous information on caucus locations on their Web site. So it’s no surprise that the candidates have largely ignored Nevada. Republican voters have had little chance to get to know the candidates, and those who find their way to precinct meetings might well be shooting in the dark.

 The only candidate who has spent a significant amount of time in Nevada is U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, the Texas libertarian who has campaigned on an anti-war, anti-tax and return-to-the-Constitution platform. His message is an important one for those who are tired of politics as usual. His defense of the Bill of Rights is refreshing amid “patriot” initiatives that infringe on free speech, privacy and gun ownership. But he doesn’t represent a large part of the Republican Party, which casts doubt on his electability.

 The best candidate — and the one who would give the party its strongest chance in the fall — is former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

 Romney is a successful businessman who showed his ability to get voters to cross party lines when he won the governor’s office in Massachusetts, home of the Kennedys, Michael Dukakis and John Kerry. He left that office with his reputation and his relationships intact.

 Romney’s most remarkable feat, however, was his stewardship of the Salt Lake City Olympics. He showed that he could bring disparate groups together, clean up a mess left by his predecessor, and to put on possibly the most successful games ever.

 Romney’s No. 1 opponent since the New Hampshire primary is Arizona U.S. Sen. John McCain. McCain is a genuine war hero. But he’s also a government insider who has outlived scandal. But McCain is no friend to Nevada. In 2000, he joined with the NCAA to scapegoat Nevada sportsbooks for a point-shaving scandal in Arizona and was chief sponsor of a bill that would have banned betting on college sports, a business legal in Nevada. He also is a supporter of the Yucca Mountain project.

 The other top candidate is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, winner in Iowa. His campaign has been slow to catch fire, and Nevadans know little of him.

 He does not appear to offer the party much new, however. Neither do the other candidates remaining in the race, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who became a hero by his response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks but was not a successful mayor to that point; the sometimes actor and sometimes former Tennessee U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson; and U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter from California.

 Republicans need a candidate who represents conservative values, builds bipartisan support and signals change for a restless electorate.

 Romney is that candidate.

 

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