Mysteriously, it took more than a day after the caucuses closed for Clark County (Las Vegas et al.) to report all its results, thereby completing Nevada’s results.
There were 44,324 caucus votes cast in 2008 among Republicans, while there were only 32,894 cast this year. That continues the trend of states that are well known Romney wins having lower turnouts than four years ago. And Nevada is a swing state, too — Not a pleasing trend for Republicans heading toward November.
Ron Paul got 6,087 votes, 13.73%, 2nd Place, in 2008. While he slightly improved his raw vote total (6,175), and somewhat improved his percentage take (18.77%), he didn’t finish in 2nd Place. (I’m guessing all the Sands employees got the memo from the Top Floor to go caucus for Gingrich or else.) So far, Nevada has represented his worst “improvement” over four years ago. Of course, Nevada was one of his very best states early in the 2008 primary and caucus season, (his big numbers in later primaries and caucuses, after McCain wrapped it up, are the political equivalent of garbage time touchdowns in football), so it would have been hard to come up with a quadruple improvement like he did in South Carolina. And, he won two Nevada counties compared to the one he won four years ago, the common county being Nye, the home of Art Bell and Front Sight.
But other than that, there’s no sugar coating finishing behind someone who spent almost no money in Nevada.
What could explain? CofCC took the words out of my mouth. All of his racial pandering to blacks and Hispanics to overcompensate for the newsletter “controversy” is turning into a buzzkill.
One more thing: In spite of Las Vegas having a significant Jewish population, including a big Gingrich backer in the person of Sheldon Adelson, according to CNN’s exit polling, only 2% of caucus goers were Jewish.