(CNN) – Mitt Romney has opened a double digit lead over rival New Gingrich in Nevada, according to a new poll of likely Republican caucus-goers.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal and 8NewsNow poll released Thursday showed Romney with 45% support followed by Gingrich with 25%, Rick Santorum with 11% and Ron Paul with 9%.
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Gingrich, the former House speaker, led among those who "strongly support" the tea party movement with 37% compared with Romney's 27%, Santorum's 20% and Paul's 9%. But Romney took the lead among those who said they "somewhat support" the grassroots movement and from those who support it "only a little."
Romney also received considerable backing from members of the Church of Latter-day Saints, of which he is a member. Eighty-six percent of likely Mormon caucus attendees supported Romney, while the remaining candidates received less than 5%.
The former Massachusetts governor carried the voting bloc with 95% of their vote during his first White House bid in 2008, when Mormons made up 26% of GOP caucus-goers. He won the caucuses that year with 51.1% of the vote. Paul came in second with 13.7% support. President Barack Obama went on to capture the state in the general election with 55.1% of the vote.
The four current Republican presidential contenders are in the Silver State ahead of Saturday's caucuses.
The new survey, which questioned 426 Republican voters, was taken between Friday and Tuesday, before Romney's Florida primary win. It has a sampling error of plus or minus 4.75 percentage points.
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"New" Gingrich? Proofreading is a lost art.
Romney is a crook and will all ways be one ! people are just not educated about him .And his lobbest laws he did for his wealth and wants to keep Chains on People .Bad Dude # 1 worse then Obama will only make the rich richer
The polls doesn't matter at all. All these will be wiped out on Super Dupe Tuesday!
Wow! Peopel are just blind to this man – it's too bad the Republicans don't have real candidates.
Go Mitt !!!!
I see that now I live in Texas, now I must go and live in Nevada to try and turn the Red States Blue:)
I hope Romney goes up against President Obama, this man is such a flip flopper. He has nothing
to offer our country. Just more lies!!
It is obvious that Nevadans want Mittens to let their homes go into foreclosure, turn them over to investors, and then let the investors rent them until the investors can make a huge profit.
Romney is not only the only candidate who can be beat Obama, but will beat him for sure.
By supporting Mittens, Nevadans must not want our troops home from Afghanistan.
I wonder how many of those people giving him that large lead are poor?
Of course Romney is leading. He is the only logical choice. In contrast, Newt is being endorsed by all of the wacky extremists (Cain, Pallin, Limbaugh, Levin, etc.).
Congratulations Republicans! Your nominee is the man who couldn't beat the man who couldn't beat Obama.
What? I live in Nevada. It is between Paul and Romney. STOP THE LIES!
the obama housing crash is killing neveda..... we need someone who knows business... we need jobs...
As a Christian, which by definition means, I am conservative, I am having problems with this Romney support by so-called Christians more concerned with electability than holding unto their values. Romney is not a conservative or a Christian and does not embrace "Christian" values. He's a Mormon which is a cult, not much different than the Jehovah Witnesses. Both groups have their own "bibles" that they hold in equal or higher esteem than the one Christians believe in. Secondly, the only genuine Christian in the GOP lot is Santorum. He places his faith above everything and has displayed a refreshing grace throughout the campaigns. Unfortunately, it has not garnered him the support of so-called Christians. I believe that you vote your convictions and leave the results to God. Imagine awakening the morning after the national election and finding you lost both the election and your self-respect.
The GOP is really going to nominate a man who seems to have absolutely no deeply held values? He has changed his position on every important issue of the day – abortion, health care reform, global warming, gun rights. He amassed a fortune, in no small part, by tearing down companies and putting people out of work. Neither he nor any of his five sons served in the military. He pays a lower portion of income in taxes than almost all middle class taxpayers, despite his eight figure income. His tax proposals would further reduce his tax burden and that of others like him at an unavoidable cost to our country and other citizens. He somehow transferred hundreds of millions of dollars to his sons without paying any gift taxes – it remains to be seen if this was done legally. He jokes about being unemployed – to unemployed people who are actually suffering. He jokes about being afraid about getting a pink slip, when he has always been a multi-millionaire. He now says he is not concerned about the poor. This man CANNOT represent America.
I wouldn't place a bet on Willard becoming President.