Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was projected the winner of the 2012 Nevada caucus by CNN.
The win comes as the second in a row for Romney, who placed first in Florida's primary election last Tuesday.
HuffPost's Ryan Grim reports:
Romney... handily [won] the caucuses, despite playing in the home state of Newt Gingrich's chief financial backer, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. The comparatively poor showing by Gingrich, the former House speaker, makes the seemingly inevitable Romney campaign appear that much more inevitable. For a campaign predicated on electability, such an appearance is essential.
Romney, now that he's through Nevada, may have a shot at some of Adelson's money. Michael Roberson, a top Republican member of the state senate, told HuffPost that Romney and Adelson are friends and that Adelson will shift support from Gingrich as soon as he drops out.
"This is not the first time you gave me your vote of confidence and this time I'm going to take it to the White House," Romney said in addressing his supporters on Saturday night. He went on to level an attack on President Barack Obama.
He said, "Mr. President, Nevada has had enough of your kind of help" and added, "This president's misguided policies made these tough times last longer."
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