Well, the GOP held their caucuses in Nevada yesterday and as of 8:06 AM Civilized Time (also known as Pacific Standard) they still have managed to count only 70.4% of them. These are the protectors of ballot sanctity in America, America.
Anyway, CNN has had their entrance* polls up since polls closed and I finally got around to looking at them this morning. Obviously, Nevada was a state that we expected Romney to do well in, and he did. The crosstabs don’t show us a whole lot that the overall totals won’t (ahem, eventually), but I did make two charts.
First, as we noted in South Carolina and in Florida, voters ages 18-29 aren’t that interested in voting in GOP primaries or caucuses, making up 8% of the vote. And, of course, this is a group that Ron Paul wins once again, this time with 41% of the subgroup.
Speaking of Ron Paul, I’ve been hearing for weeks from friends who are supporters that Nevada would be a big win for him. As we got nearer to yesterday and the polls clearly indicated an expected Romney victory, their predictions did mellow, but remained high. One supporter wrote that “anything less than a second place finish would be a big disappointment.” With Clark County at only 51% reporting as of this writing, there is still a chance that Paul does finish in 2nd, but as of now, he is still behind Newt Gingrich.
One subgroup that Paul does win handily is the Atheist/Agnostic vote, with 55% of those who answered “None” when asked for their religion.
Unfortunately for Dr. Paul, that subgroup only makes up 8% of Republican Caucus voters in Nevada. Also of note is that Mormons made up 26% of respondents and Romney won them with 90%.
Again, as with Florida, not a lot of information to be gleaned from the crosstabs. Romney’s support is becoming almost as uniform as he is. Heyoooo!
* – Due to the nature of caucuses, polling is done as people enter the caucus site, rather than as they leave, hence the name “entrance polls.”