As I type, Mitt Romney is winning the Nevada Caucus by a wide margin. Paul and Gingrich are fighting for second with Santorum trailing. Check the Google results map for the latest numbers.
Gingrich held a press conference at 11:20 EST. He vowed to stay in the race all the way to the convention in Tampa. He immediately launched into an attack on Romney’s comment about being focused on helping middle income folks as opposed to the poor, claiming he would provide a “trampoline” for the poor ostensibly to allow them to jump out of poverty but probably not all the way to the moon colony. Press reports leading up to Gingrich’s press conference indicated he would announce a new campaign strategy and pivot back to a positive campaign. The press conference revealed no new strategy and was very negative with all the attacks on Romney.
His campaign seemed disorganized at times in Nevada though his disorganization in South Carolina didn’t seem to hurt him there. Listening to the press conference, I didn’t hear any new strategy. He bristled at several questions about when he’s dropping out and talked numerous times about how shocked and stunned he was at what he calls Romney’s dishonesty.
The Daily Beast has an article about Gingrich’s hope for a third comeback.
Here’s a video from a caucus meeting as people try to figure out who to vote for (makes me glad we’re a primary, not a caucus State):
As mentioned by Gingrich, Romney got into trouble for some comments to CNN’s Soledad O’Brien. The comments themselves were taken out of context by the press but for some conservatives (myself included) they seemed to indicate Romney doesn’t really understand the compassion of conservatism and the hopelessness of the welfare state. Larry Kudlow explains:
The worry stems from Romney’s ill-advised statement this week. He said, “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it.” That raises doubts as to whether he understands the Reagan-Kemp model. Perhaps he does. But he will have to tell us more.
Incidentally, the safety net has been expanding at an alarming pace. Transfer-program spending has been soaring. It’s up $600 billion, or about 35 percent, in the last three years. Medicaid, food stamps, and unemployment insurance have seen benefit levels rise and eligibility expand. This is a huge drag on the economy. We are paying too much to not work, and rewarding too little to work.
Welfarism is not compassionate. Opportunity is.
Maine’s caucus is up next followed by caucus’ next Tuesday in Colorado and Minnesota and a nonbinding primary in Missouri. Paul hopes to do well in the caucus States, but Gingrich hopes to do well in Minnesota while Santorum is hoping to do well in Missouri.
11Alive commissioned a poll for Georgia. Newt leads but Romney is gaining.
Here’s the latest RCP Averages for the GOP Nomination, the Intrade percentages and the Delegates won according to CNN.