GOP Presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney goes into the Nevada caucuses Saturday with as much as a 20 percentage point lead in the polls while former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich lags back in second, Texas Congressman Ron Paul is third and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum brings up the rear.
Polls put Romney at 45 percent and Gingrich at 25. The only question appeared to if Paul, who does well in caucus states, can challenge Gingrich for second.
“Romney has three things going for him Nevada,” political scientist Charles Moran tells Capitol Hill Blue. “He has the money, he had the organization and he’s Mormon in a state with a heavy Mormon presence.”
Romney also gained an endorsement from real estate developer Donald Trump — a backing that may or may not benefit him — in a day when predictions first said the flamboyant promoter would endorse Gingrich.
Gingrich, meanwhile, is challenging Florida’s “winner-take-all” allocation of its 50 delegates with an appear to the Republican party for the state to follow the party rules and allocate the delegates proportionally.
Romney is still trying to explain away a comment earlier in the week where it appeared he was not concerns about the poor.
“I’m not concerned about the poor,” Romney told CNN Wednesday. “We have a safety net. It is needs repair, I’ll fix it.”
The comment sent both the candidate the campaign scrambling to contain potential damage.