(LAS VEGAS) -- ABC News projects Mitt Romney the winner of the Nevada caucuses.
The former Massachusetts Governor’s win in Nevada was widely expected. He easily won the state in 2008 with the support of 95 percent of Mormon voters, who made up 26 percent of caucus-goers this year.
Romney’s victory comes after wins in both the New Hampshire and Florida primaries, as well as a second-place finish in South Carolina last month.
Romney rode into victory on his calling card: the ability to defeat President Obama. Four in 10 caucus-goers named it as the most important candidate attribute in their vote, and those who did backed Romney by 74-18 percent over Newt Gingrich. It was Romney’s best performance among beat-Obama-voters to date, according to entrance polls.
Nevada awards its 28 delegates proportionally.
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