February 5, 2012

THEREBY REDUCING HIS OPPONENTS TO BITTER-CLINGER STATUS:

Nevada's a Romney Romp (Gary Langer, 2/04/12, ABC NEWS)

Mitt Romney romped in the Nevada caucuses with a leg up from his Mormon co-religionists, but also with winning margins across faith groups -- evangelicals included -- and a knockout even among the very conservative voters with whom he's struggled elsewhere.

His calling card: defeating Barack Obama. In this entrance poll, analyzed for ABC by Langer Research Associates, more than four in 10 caucus-goers named it as the most important candidate attribute in their vote, and those who did backed Romney by a smashing 74-18 percent over Newt Gingrich
That's Romney's best to date among beat-Obama voters. [...]

But Romney also easily outpaced Gingrich among evangelicals, 45-29 percent, his best showing by far in this group to date. As such it was essentially inconsequential that, at 27 percent of the electorate, evangelicals were much less numerous than in most previous 2012 Republican events. They accounted for 65 percent, 57 percent, and 47 percent in South Carolina, Iowa and Florida, respectively. (One in six Mormons identified themselves as evangelicals. Among non-Mormon evangelicals, Romney and Gingrich split the vote, 35-33 percent.)

While light on evangelicals, Nevada was rich in "very" conservatives, 48 percent of caucus-goers, rivaled only in Iowa. As with evangelicals, Romney has struggled among very conservatives elsewhere, losing them in all previous contests save New Hampshire. He won them in Nevada by 2-1 over Gingrich.

And while Romney got hammered among the one in six looking mainly for a "true conservative," he stormed back among other groups. In addition to the big beat-Obama vote, he beat Gingrich by 23 points among voters looking for the candidate with the best experience, and Paul by 23 points among those focused on "strong moral character." The latter group, one in five voters, has been a weak one for the thrice-married Gingrich.



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