Romney Campaign: We Would Have Won Nevada Even Without The Mormon Vote
"Even without the LDS votes, Mitt Romney still would have won decisively (by 17 points)." Campaign calls it "overwhelming" victory."
Mitt Romney's staff rushed to assure reporters after his victory in the Nevada Caucus tonight that he would have won it even without his core demographic base -- though he was buoyed by the state's large Mormon voting bloc.
Exit polls show that LDS voters made up 1-in-4 Republican caucus-goers, and about 90 percent voted for Romney. But the Romney campaign points out that he would have won the state handily — even if Romney's Mormon supporters stayed home.
Below is the release from the campaign:
Just like Florida, Nevada’s exit polls showed a very broad victory for Mitt Romney.
Mitt Romney won among conservatives, Tea Party members, women, men, low income, high income, etc.
Mitt Romney won a majority of “very conservative” voters (51%). He defeated Newt Gingrich (40-31%) among strong Tea Party voters. He won 48% of the vote among evangelicals (48 – 27%) over Newt Gingrich.
Like Florida, Mitt Romney won handily among voters who said electability was the most important quality in a candidate.
Like Florida, Mitt Romney won handily among voters who said the economy is the top issue.
LDS voters make up 26% of the caucus votes. Even without the LDS votes, Mitt Romney still would have won decisively (by 17 points).
While Mitt Romney won a majority of the LDS vote, he won among Protestants, Catholics and everybody else by wide margins.