LAS VEGAS: Mitt Romney looks set to romp to victory in the Nevada on Saturday, cementing his position as Republican presidential frontrunner four days after his crushing Florida win.
Despite a wobble this week with a gaffe about America’s poor, opinion polls give him a huge 20-25 point lead over his rivals in the State.
But there is no sign that any of his three opponents, led by Newt Gingrich, plan to throw in the towel as they prepare to head to the next state poll in Colorado, another western state.
The main question seems to be how big Romney’s share of the vote is in Nevada — which has a large community that shares his Mormon faith — and some say anything less than 50 percent could be seen as a disappointment.
“They’re basically competing against expectations now: can he do better than 50 per cent” said David Damore, associate professor of politics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
“Everybody knows he’s going to win, it’s about how big he wins, and how much of the vote he gets,” he said.
Mitt Romney is aiming for a third win over his nearest rival Gingrich, as the two wrestle to be the Republican Party’s challenger in the November elections against Democratic President Barack Obama.