Ron Paul looked to have re-energized his presidential political race and the jumping propelling it Saturday with a solid performance in the Nevada caucuses. Early results and preliminary exit polls had Paul, a Texas House Republican with libertarian leanings, and running neck-and-neck with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for second place.
We president election four presidential candidates are looking to score a win in Nevada's 2012 Republican caucus on Saturday.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is favored to win the contest; polling has been scarce in the Silver State leading up to the contest.
Romney finished first in Florida's primary election by a wide road; a wide necktie. Double-digit margin last Tuesday. The outcome came as a blow to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has signaled he has no intention of dropping out of the race and plans to take his campaign to the convention.
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul's energized organization could propel the Texas libertarian to finish ahead of Gingrich and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum in Nevada.
Check out the live blog below for the latest developments out of the Silver State.
Imagine if the Super Bowl was played three weeks after the Pro Bowl. That is essentially the situation in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, which is about to see an unusual break between contests before the most significant cache of delegates will be up for grabs.
As preliminary vote totals come in from Nevada caucus sites, the candidates have already turned their attention to elections in a trio of states –
Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri. Maine is also holding municipal caucuses throughout the week that will conclude one week from Saturday.
The next elections won't be until Feb. 28 –
Primaries in Arizona and Michigan, with a combined 59 delegates at stake -- followed in a week by Super Tuesday, when 10 states vote in primaries and caucuses.
Why the gap? Republicans adopted rules at the 2008 national convention meant to avoid "frontloading" the nominating contest -- having too many delegates at stake in the early weeks.
Those rules said no state could hold its primary or caucuses before March 6, with four exceptions: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.
Mitt Romney confirmed his status as the prohibitive front-runner in the GOP presidential race Saturday with a win in the Nevada caucuses.
But Romney’s apparently large margin of victory may say more about his opponents than his own candidacy.
While Romney’s first-place finish was never really in doubt, the lack of traction from the two men vying to be the top non-Romney candidate in the race was perhaps the biggest development.
Newt Gingrich, whose campaign was riding high after its win in the South Carolina primary just two weeks ago, has fallen quickly since then.
Almost instantly after the South Carolina contest Jan. 21, Romney’s campaign regained its position atop the polls and delivered a double-digit win in Florida.