Nevada Caucus Results
February 5, 2012 by staff
Nevada Caucus Results, More than 24 hours after Nevada Republicans began gathering at schools and community centers across the state to choose their presidential nominee, the election results remain uncertain.
While most of the results were released hours after the Saturday morning contest, the results from the state’s most populous county are still being tallied.
Clark County officials say they stayed up until the wee hours of Sunday morning counting ballots, but couldn’t finish the task. Only 70 percent of all the votes had been counted, and an official turnout for Clark County had yet to be made public.
“It is just layer upon layer of issues that we are trying to work through,” said acting GOP chairman James Smack. “We are not dragging our feet on it. We just want to make sure we get it right.”
At question is whether party officials were able to beat their previous statewide turnout of 44,000 in 2008, which was largely considered a failure. Early turnout numbers suggest fewer people may have voted in Saturday’s caucuses.
In Washoe County, party officials said turnout in Reno appeared much lower than it was statewide four years ago. In rural Churchill County, turnout seemed on par with 2008.
In comparison, turnout was up slightly in the first three states to vote, New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina. Nevada was fifth, after Florida.
Northern Nevada GOP leaders blamed the dismal showing on early morning cold weather, the lure of good skiing and front-runner Mitt Romney’s projected dominance in the state.
“A lot of people felt the state was in the bag for Mitt Romney,” Smack said. “If the other candidates had more time here, it would have made a difference.”
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