January 19, 2008, 7:27 pm
Romney wins Nevada as expected with an unprecedented and overwhelming show of support from Mormon voters. Does the latter matter? Some say yes. It is probably not the second paragraph of the news stories Romney wanted but his larger problem is that few will buy that a “win” in uncontested Nevada makes up for a third or fourth place showing in SC. There aren’t too many more states which will be uncontested but there are a lot of contested ones, especially in the South, and explaining why he can’t win in a southern state which is actually more diverse than many of the February 5 states will take every once of spin the Romney camp has in them. McCain and Ron Paul are in a battle for second in Nevada, by the way.
UPDATE: The Romney team emails are back to silly Olympic medal counts touting the Nevada win. (Didn’t their guy say he was uninterested in getting a gold star on his forehead like a first grader? Not operative this week I guess.) In Romney-ese that means two uncontested caucus “wins” plus Michigan give them three gold medals to go with two silvers (in normal parlance known as “losses” to Huckabee and McCain). I do agree with this take that if McCain wins today, Florida will be the last place for McCain’s opponents to stop him.