2012—By the time the Nevada Republican precinct caucuses arrived only
four major candidates remained in the race for the GOP
nomination. Former Gov. Mitt Romney was seen as the favorite to
win the caucuses; he won the 2008 caucuses and was seen as likely to
benefit from the state's large Mormon population; Romney was also
coming off a win in the Florida primary less than a week earlier.
Former Rep. Ron Paul, who finished second in the 2008 caucuses, built a
strong organization in the state and hoped to do well here; his
libertarian philosophy seemed a good fit for the state. Former
Speaker Newt Gingrich's Nevada campaign appeared disorganized, as there
were reports of disagreements between local and national
advisors. Former Sen. Rick Santorum continued to press his case
as the true conservative.
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