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  • Adam
    Jan. 24, 2008 4:38 p.m.

    Frank, you bring up an excellent point! The LDS in the U.S. only make up 2% of the population, so if you think only Mormons will vote for him, what are you worried about? Why do you even care? Why don't you just let him spend his money and laugh quietly to yourself because you are so smart? Come super Tuesday we will see if more than the Mormon population is willing to vote for Romney. I have a sneaky suspicion you will be made to look the fool.

  • What is Important?
    Jan. 22, 2008 8:04 p.m.

    In all this rhetoric, I have yet to read a comment on the importance of remaining a nation with a foundation in freedom. A nation which enables its people to work hard at a job of their choosing and improve the quality of life. The danger signs are all around us, yet so many retreat to their small bubble in the world and worry only about themselves.
    In the coming primaries, political party conventions, and the general election in November, we might ask ourselves: WHO WILL LEAD THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN PRESERVING OUR CHERISHED FREEDOMS? For if our nation is not strong enough to resist a takeover (military, political, or economic) the remainder of the issues will not matter.

  • RE: To coward
    Jan. 22, 2008 12:49 a.m.

    Strategy? Well if you call picking up the scraps after the big dogs battle a good strategy then more power to you. In case you forgot Mitt is trying to win the nomination to be able to run for President, the Commander and Chief of our military. If he doesn't have the stomach to prove he is the right man for the job than he has no place in this election.

    Trying to back door your way into office is just poor leadership and really shows his charcter or lack there of. Will be interesting to see what states he goes after for Super Tues. I am pretty sure he will greedily try to mop up the leftovers there too.

  • sam
    Jan. 21, 2008 11:40 p.m.

    Bribing the judges during an olympic bid, according the media, is cutomary.
    Gladys Knight eh? That's funny!! Maybe she ought to run.

  • re: dear coward
    Jan. 21, 2008 5:06 p.m.

    Your math insult is juvenile and pathetic. Here are some numbers for you. Out of the three states Mitt won, two were uncontested and the 1 he won was his home state. I mean Nevada? Wow he really pulled that one out, what a tuff battle. What a great leader, instead of confronting his opponents and proving he is the better man for the job he runs to a state that is uncontested and that he can easily win. That is the type of leader I want to run our country, the one who tries to take the easy road.

    Delegate count this early is irrelevant, there are still around 45 states left. Whoever leads after Super Tues has something to brag about.

    I am not sure if Rudy is coward or an idiot. Will have to see how his strategy plays out.

  • observations - positive/negative
    Jan. 21, 2008 2:43 p.m.

    Obama has some positives. He is nice and has good intentions, but he strikes me as somewhat naive and very inexperienced. I believe a presidency with Obama would be destined for failure.

    On the other hand, Clinton is not nice and does not have good intentions. She has experience, but she does not have the capacity to bring people together. She's too polarizing and a Clinton presidency would be an unending ordeal for everyone.

    John Edwards is the only democrat I could see myself possibly voting for, but he's barely a blip on the radar so...

    Huckabee is interesting. There are days I am impressed by his thoughtful ideas. He seems well-spoken and articulate, then other days I wonder what he is smoking. On those days he seems unprofessional and in a daze.

    McCain is a good man. He is courageous and principled but the presidency requires a level head. He is a little too reactionary for my taste.

    Romney is the only Republican I could see myself voting for. He's a problem solver with a track record for changing the course of "titanics".

    An election between Romney and Edwards would spark my interest.

  • Zoe
    Jan. 21, 2008 2:33 p.m.

    I am a Mormon who grows increasingly sick of all her fellow "good Mormon's" hate-mongering attitudes, calling others "stupid", "clueless", etc. It isn't Christlike and serves no purpose other than driving a wedge further between Mormons and people who aren't of our faith. You know all of this bashing isn't changing anyone's opinion. Take the higher ground for a change.

  • To: coward
    Jan. 21, 2008 2:23 p.m.

    It's not about courage, it's about strategy. You might have decided to stay in SC, Romney did not. So what? It's his campaign, not yours. As I always told my mother, there's more than one way to fold a bath towel. It used to drive her nuts that I'd fold my towels in half, then in half again; she always folded them in half, then in thirds. In the end the job got done, the towels got folded and put away, they smelled just as fresh, they looked just as neat and fit just as well in the linen closet.

  • Re: Re: Ron Paul Fan
    Jan. 21, 2008 11:28 a.m.

    Furthermore, I assume you don't know who else is supporting your hallowed candidate- great Americans David Duke and Don Black among others. Instead of denouncing their support, Dr. Paul has graciously accepted it. One last thing, would you prefer our troops fighting jihadists in A) Afghanistan, or B) Arizona? Please think before you worship.

  • Re: Ron Paul Fan
    Jan. 21, 2008 11:14 a.m.

    Although George Washington was an isolationist, hopefully you're not analyzing the nation's problems from a 1790s perspective. Indeed much has changed in the last 210 years. Check it out sometime.

  • Westerner
    Jan. 21, 2008 8:18 a.m.

    The Democrats - who have won Governor and US Senate races in Wyoming, MOntana, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona recently, realize the West is the New Gateway to the Whitehouse, thus changed the Nevada caucus to early in the Race and will hold their convention in Colorado.

    The Republicans of old - McCain, etc can't seem to understand the change of the guard, and have forgotten the west, thus the Democrats are wining now.

    The anti Mitt media should have MADE a BIG story about McCain loosing his backyard votes - Wyoming and Nevada to Governor Romney.

    And finally, if the Republicans and their forget the west and we hate Mormon candidates are not smart, the West, and a lot of Mormons just might put a Democrate in the Whitehouse and send a little message to the bigots in the south who think they own the Republican party

  • Dear coward
    Jan. 21, 2008 5:24 a.m.

    Please remember back to when you learned about delegates, most people learned about it in 8th or 9th grade. If needs be look at a site like cnn check which state gives out delegates and how (remember each state can give then out differently) it will help you understand! It also has to do with math!! With the logic that you are using it would make Giuliani the biggest guy with no backbone. (He has ran away from every state except Florida)

  • Ron Paul Fan
    Jan. 21, 2008 2:27 a.m.

    I am LDS and I am voting for Ron Paul. The only true candidate who I can feel good about giving my sacred vote to. Isolationist? So was George Washington. He warned the USA to stay away from entangling alliances. This war is bankrupting the United States and we will be in sore trouble when it does. You should all understand the problems created at Jekyle Island in the early 1900's. Do some serious research people. You need to understand the real issues at home in the US. God Bless America. and Vote for Ron Paul. Our only real hope!

  • Coward
    Jan. 21, 2008 1:21 a.m.

    I just don't know why Mitt left SC. I guess when the going gets tough, the Mitt retreats. He must of learned that maneuver during his mission to France. I wonder if he starts doing bad in Florida if he will just retreat from there too and campain in Utah.

    The guy has no backbone and doesn't deserve the nomination or my vote.

  • Evelyn
    Jan. 21, 2008 1:11 a.m.

    Mitt is the ONLY one in this race who I can really support and be excited about changing America for the best! We need more than "changing seat" candidates and what they have not accomplished. Please give Mitt (who actually has a record of "changing things for the better" and actually gets the job done) the chance. It will be our great loss America to not have him. The Democrats will make this a "welfare" nation, etc. in worse shape than we are in now with this economy issue,etc. McCain is NOT my inspiration candidate. Mitt's incredible ability to make "solutions to problems" and his brilliance is what we need to help our country. Has anyone actually seen this man's credentials and amazing degrees. No one compares to his mind and articulacy either. The others use prompters & speeches to read. Mitt's a "Great American" who just wants to help serve our country and help all of us and our families. Please give him the chance! We need his positive-uplifting hope and vision.
    Go Mitt! No one else could get half done of what you WILL DO for us. Let's all get behind him and help him make it!

  • 95 % no way!
    Jan. 21, 2008 12:17 a.m.

    Come on folks, The Nevada Entrance poll show 95% of those LDS who voted as republican, voted for Mitt. about 10,000 LDS voted Republican. About 4,000 voted for a Democratic candidate. Amazing, 40% voted Democrat.
    Mitt also won by such a wide margin, that if NO LDS had voted, he would have still won.

    Go Mitt!



  • William
    Jan. 21, 2008 12:10 a.m.

    Dont look now but Ron Paul is raising money like crazy! I guess helmet head will have to break out the check book again. You'll have to go online to see it because I'm pretty sure the MSM won't mention it. 123K. in two hours when most people are asleep.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 21, 2008 12:09 a.m.

    Am I voting for Romney because he's Mormon? Maybe. It's in his favor. But that's not enough to get my vote. Harry Reed is Mormon and I wouldn't ever vote for him. The fact is, Romney has a lot in his favor as far as getting my vote. He's Republican, he's a successful businessman, he's smart, he's a problem solver, he reflects my values, and I agree with him on many of the issues. Can't say that much about the other candidates.

  • Smells funny
    Jan. 20, 2008 11:47 p.m.

    Huckster and his actor buddy Chuck are two of the most hypocritical sly guys in politics. Calling John McCain too old is an ageist comment. Their comments about Mormons are also biggoted.

  • dlm
    Jan. 20, 2008 11:26 p.m.

    We should not worry about the religion and look at who has the smarts and experience to turn the country around to doing well in all areas. No candidate is better prepared than Mitt Romney. Track records are hard to hide. Everything he has done has turned out well and much better than he found it. Can any other candidate match that? I haven't seen one. If Mitt were not any religion but lived like he does and accomplished what he has every person would admire him and most republicans and many dems would support him. It is just easy to beat someone up for religion. It's more profitable to look at the way the person lives and and the principles they stand for and what their lives are like. If they model your values then vote that way and if we did only that I think Mitt would be a stand out. But too many don't so we have the low hanging criticisms that are inflamitory and emotional but not very sensible. Look at he records and vote your conscience not religion. If we did that I think Mitt would win.

  • Oh Please
    Jan. 20, 2008 10:51 p.m.

    Give it a rest

  • david
    Jan. 20, 2008 10:03 p.m.

    any stance against abortion is purely individual matter
    and decision to kill an innocent person like a baby depends on the individual's understanding of human creation which must rank above all challenges in life. the issue is not merely about legislature and opinions, its about love and religious values.the media and some evangelicals may hate us and bash ,even law-abiding-good person like MITT ROMNEY.What matter's most to me is the record of proud history and bright future that is most essential we have over 170years of success in all aspects of life,its time for that glory to be restored to the American people and the whole world.

  • Michelle
    Jan. 20, 2008 9:33 p.m.

    I know my vote does not count, but if he wins I am succeeding from the union out of fear of the amount of pass along cards that would fill my mailbox.

    In fact, I would rather see Oprah run and win with Dr. Phil as the V.P., maybe she would give us a lot of cool free shit.

  • Walt
    Jan. 20, 2008 9:17 p.m.

    Mitt will never win a national election. He still thinks that the only important vote is the mormon white vote. He never reaches out to people of color. This will be his un-doing as he goes on thru the election.

  • Mittmouhd Romneydinijahd
    Jan. 20, 2008 8:34 p.m.

    Jerry:

    Thank you, but if the end times are near and you plan to go, why extend it one more day?

    Mittmoudh

  • Why Mitt Won't Win
    Jan. 20, 2008 8:32 p.m.

    Sad, but true..for all the reasons non-Mormons are discriminated against in Utah for their religion, Mitt will not get the nomination due to his. As a non-mormon, I sympthize with Mitt and I could vote for him due to his positions and vision, this is the striking irony. Yet, many Mormons, especially in employment situations do discriminate here in Utah..not all certainly. Their is a lesson to be learned..shall we call it humility? When one religion gathers an arrogant point of view, it becomes narrow and blind to contradictory ideas, and as a result, is limited in thinking and vision. The big world is a different place, and it is unfortunate that the reputation of the Mormon faith is akin to a disease with Mitt Romney. Perhaps the Mormon leadership should quickly recognize that they need to change their ways in utah and separate itself from the public discourse.

  • Fred
    Jan. 20, 2008 8:21 p.m.

    Sam,

    I think your friend will be writing in the name "Gladys Knight" for president.

  • Frank
    Jan. 20, 2008 8:17 p.m.

    With posts like:

    "C T R Gitto | 7:37 a.m. Jan. 20, 2008
    What we all have to do is C T R . The fact that he is
    L D S just makes him more the right pick ."

    "Jerry | 1:23 a.m. Jan. 20, 2008
    I pray that Brother Romney will win it all. The end times are near. With this man as president, he will buy us a few more years."


    If you ever wonder why non-Latter Day Saints such as myself are concerned with having a Latter Day Saint President, look no further than these comments. How would you feel if we had a Muslim president and a Muslim ran newspaper had comments such as this?

    I just want you to look at the non-LDS side of this campaign and understand how the non-LDS feel. The LDS in America make up 2% of the population and with comments like this we worry if the MAJORITY really will rule.

  • Frank
    Jan. 20, 2008 8:10 p.m.

    Jerry,

    You really think that "the end times" are near and that Romney will "buy us more time"? I don't even know how to respond to this level of ignorance.

  • Rich Stucky
    Jan. 20, 2008 7:31 p.m.

    Romney wins Wyoming with 67% of the vote... yet most major publications hardly cover the victory.

    Romney wins big in Michigan with 39% of the vote.... yet all the articles downplay the victory because Mitt was raised in the state 40 years ago.

    Romney has a decisive 51% victory in Nevada.... yet numerous articles downplay the victory noting he decisively won the Mormon vote where 7.5% of the population is Mormon and 27% of caucus goers were Mormon.

    Two days before the South Carolina vote a reporter attacks Romney claiming a lobbyist is running his campaign.

    Today an article appears in Reuters questioning Romney's economic record in Massachusetts. "Northeastern University economist Andrew Sum, who has researched Romney's record, said the state lagged the U.S. average during that period in job creation, economic growth and wage increases." The question we must ask is not where Massachusetts was compared to the rest of the states but what was the track record during his four years as governor when compared to the previous term. This hatchet job of reporting is designed to discredit Romney without accurately analyzing his record.

    This is the liberal media at work.. it makes me sick.


  • No one good candidate
    Jan. 20, 2008 7:15 p.m.

    I am not impressed by the fact that Mr. Romney "got us out" of the Olympic scandal. We should have done the honest thing and shown integrity here in Utah by removing ourselves from hosting the great event after Utah was exposed to the nation as bribing for the bid.We will not remember who won what medal for long, but Utah will always be remembered for the scandal...many many Olympics from now.
    What happens in Nevada....stays in Nevada. Good. Now Mitt ought to go back East where the action is and see what the rest of the United States is saying about him.
    It seems he declares himself a "Mormon" only if it serves his best interest to gain another vote. Do Mormons do their research about what Mitt really supports and represents?Do the Marriots represent what the Mormon faith proclaims to beleive in and what their own Prophet tells them to shun?Or is it the bottom dollar?
    So far, and too bad, there do not seem to be any really strong candidates which can help with our Middle East relations..Too bad, as they are also keeping a close eye on the elections here in America.

  • From Japan
    Jan. 20, 2008 6:33 p.m.

    Couple of sincere questions:
    1. Why is Romney generally called a flip-flopper when all I can find about him changing his opinion on is abortion? Are there other topics?
    2. Today I read that McCain changed his stance on the Bush tax cuts, why isn't anyone calling him a flip-flipper?
    3. Does the president have any power over the legal status of abortion?
    I am pretty sure the president will have power over taxes. Someone please clarify for me why McCain is not labelled the flip-flopper in this race.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 20, 2008 5:19 p.m.

    I thought Mormons couldn't vote for candidates unless they had a very clear stance against abortion.

    Which is more important? a Mormon in office or a baby killer in office? I bet that 95% stat raises to 99.9% in Utah.

  • J Harper
    Jan. 20, 2008 5:00 p.m.

    IF religion has nothing to do with politics, why do you continue to mention that Nevada Mormons elected him...or Conservative Christians split in SC. Or as one commentator said...Well Nevada was founded by the Mormons so we expect Mitt to do well there...
    Either we accept the elephant in the room or move to another room....that's my two bits worth

  • sam
    Jan. 20, 2008 4:47 p.m.

    DO you know anyone that has had the same view on every issue their entire life?! Hopefully as we mature we grow and make better decisions. I would find someone rather suspect if they didn't change a thing or two in their life time. Get off of it. Use your time to learn about the candidtates. By the way, what is the big deal about Mormon's voting for a Mormon. Blacks vote for blacks, women for women, Baptists for Baptist's......that's one of the beauties of our system. We get to voice our own opinion. My opinion is just as valid as yours
    mormon, black, white a woman or not! hmmmmm I wonder who my friend will vote for. She's a black Mormon woman?

  • DougB
    Jan. 20, 2008 3:12 p.m.

    Mitt is right when he says he would have won even without the Mormons that voted overwhelmingly for him.

    But this supposes that none of them would have voted for anybody else [or voted at all] -- which is a bit ludicrous.

    I find it astonishing that exit polls showed a supposed 95% of Mormons voting Mitt. I think Mitt is a nice guy and all but this Utah Mormon strongly disagrees with him on the issues and I expect the voting to be a bit less lopsided here in Utah.

    [Though the outcome is likely the same.]

  • russ
    Jan. 20, 2008 2:56 p.m.

    Has mitt fired the staffer who told him to run off to Nevada and to skip the finish in SC? He should. I know, it looks good to talk to the people from the back of a pickup truck in Nevada and to talk about winning later... but southerners are kind of proud of their region (like westerners) and right now McCain's people are spreading the word about who ran away at the end, Huck is talking it up about who dis'd the south by running away before it was over.
    No mistake: it was a mistake.

    Wow, I just got a chill... the GOP king makers are looking at all of the candidates and McCain is in the mirror... Not too many good options for the king makers this time around.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 20, 2008 2:48 p.m.

    Didn't the Mit-flopper once support the carnal political sin of abortion?

    Vote as a block indeed.

  • Kurt
    Jan. 20, 2008 2:31 p.m.

    to not a Mittwit fan...
    Its just another generalization. I would not vote for Harry Reed. And last I heard, he is a Mormon.
    Its more about where they stand on social and economic issues.
    Its the economy stupid.

  • Why will Ron Paul be buried?
    Jan. 20, 2008 2:16 p.m.

    Because his ideas are crazy (isolationism for America ended with World War 1). If there was a candidate that openly believed in aliens or werewolves, he would be buried too, despite the amount of money he raised. If you have been a Ron Paul supporter, understand that America has a two (2) party system and that libertarians will never win, even when disguised as republicans.

  • To; Jerry, etal.
    Jan. 20, 2008 12:08 p.m.

    Read the D&C concerning prophecy and all that other stuff. It clearly states, "Believe the prophecies, that they may come to pass." Hmmm... a clear statement of Mormon belief that for a prophecy to happen it first must be believed in. The Mormon prophecies of gloom and doom just don't cut it.

    Romney is no more a savior of American greatness and values than the Bugs Bunny is. (There are actually profound similarities between the two.)

    Also, religiously referring to Romney as 'Brother' is the very thing this great nation does not need, as that would be akin to you and him playing the part of a 'Secret Combination,' which all who call Romney 'Brother' would be guilty of regardless of intention notwithstanding. (Read you BofM for verification of this.)

    And as lgs said, it is a sad point in this nations history that religion has taken such a center stage of politics... sounding back to the good ole days of the inquisition (or today's theocratic driven islamic states). As has always been, religion is the ruination of democracy and all it stands for, something the Republican party is hell bent of pursuing on behalf of religions.

  • Adam
    Jan. 20, 2008 12:03 p.m.

    I'm sure that if the polls showed only 5% of Mormons voted for Romney anti-mormons would be all over that as well. Sometimes you just can't win. Can't a Mormon vote for Romney just because they side with him on issues and values?

    And for those of you comparing evangelical votes to mormon votes let me just say that a mormon voting for another mormon is different. No matter where an LDS person goes in the world the teachings, doctrines, beliefs are the same. Its hard to know any candidate personally, but an LDS person can be assured that even though Romney is not perfect he is trying to live his life the best he can and really does have the best interest of the United States in mind. Not all LDS are good people, just like in any religion, but knowing his level of activity in the church and what he has done in the church shows more about him than anything else.

    Do some of you only read the Deseret News to be able to post anti-mormon comments? if you don't like the articles find another paper.

  • David Edward Garber
    Jan. 20, 2008 11:46 a.m.

    This Latter-day Saint is supporting "Champion of the Constitution" Ron Paul. And I've never been so happy to place second! :D

  • ljs
    Jan. 20, 2008 11:46 a.m.

    Sad that religion is so important in this election instead of the important issues.

  • sb
    Jan. 20, 2008 11:31 a.m.

    Perhaps there are more people voting for Mitt Romney than just members of the LDS church. Not all LDS members agree with his ideas and then there are many who do. Just because someone may agree with his ideas and be a member of the LDS church doesn't necessarily mean they are following along like sheep. Sheep aren't necessarily dumb either. To my understanding they follow the voice of their master and no one else. Often the Savior is refered to as the Good Shepherd, so then whose voice are we following when we try to do as he asks? At any rate, I would suspect most people are trying their best to follow the issues and vote according to how they feel their needs would be best met. There are many ideas and many differences of opinion. Each of us just need to take a step back and be kinder to one another.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 20, 2008 11:19 a.m.

    we have mitt the bigots wont vote for, we have mcain true republicans shouldnt vote fore, and we have hucakbee the country wont vote for, the conservatives are in trouble. and the country will suffer 4 years of decline if it lasts that long under overspending, earmarking, change for change sake, clueless, democrats

  • Nolan
    Jan. 20, 2008 11:13 a.m.

    What is it with the media that they have to keep trying to make this election focus so much on the religion of a candidate. We need to keep our focus on the issues that face us here in America and who is best qualified to lead us into the future, keeping in tact our values and principles, the things that made America great in the beginning. They say the best defense is a good offense. It appears that Huckabee has bought into that philosophy, as he has let politics override his Christian values in bashing a fellow candidate. What happened to the Savior's admonition to even love yuor enemies and let your light shine. What is he trying to do, mobilize the evangelicals to vote as a bloc (The thing he accuses the mormons of doing.) Get a life Huck.

  • bob carlisle
    Jan. 20, 2008 10:58 a.m.

    is grant talking about hucakabee? the only person winning states only because of religion is huck a garbage, if you take mormons out of it romney still wins michigan and nevada, you take bigoted evangelicals out of it the huckster has zero states and fred may be king king of the south. true conservatives wont elect mcain hucakbee is falling flat. whos left? i hope people start thinking fast because hilary or obama, with the way the country is headed? looks like we might start using pesos because they are worth more then dollars

  • Not a Mitwit fan.
    Jan. 20, 2008 10:40 a.m.

    Mormons vote for Mormons. Period. Even phony, lying, insincere Mormons. It's all pretty transparent.

  • RedWhiteandBlue
    Jan. 20, 2008 10:30 a.m.

    Isn't it wonderful that we live in a country where you can vote for anyone on the ballot when it gets down to the wire. If I were a member of the LDS, I would vote right along with my fellow brothers and sisters. Block vote? You got that right, and many have died so we could have that priviledge! You GO Mitt! How refreshing, a man of morals and decency in the White House. That onery Baptist again.........me.

  • Michael
    Jan. 20, 2008 10:28 a.m.

    Mitt won Nevada due largely to a LDS vote and he won Michigan due to his ties there, his father's record as governor and Demo crossovers. He won Wyoming because he only had one opponenet (Thompson). He will also win Utah and Idaho due to LDS vote- but it will be interesting to see how he does in other states like Florida- as it was interesting that he ran away from SC- evne though he spent more money there than anyone else. I think the ultimate winner for GOP will be McCain, though I never would have believed this a few months ago- and he will be their best shot against Demos- since it appears Gulliani will wash out soon.

  • Junthor
    Jan. 20, 2008 10:24 a.m.

    Didn't The Deseret news do this Story YESTERDAY?



  • Re: William
    Jan. 20, 2008 10:23 a.m.

    Give it up, Ron Paul might be a good guy, but sometime in your life, reality has to enter the picture. He will not even be nominated let alone win.

  • Michael
    Jan. 20, 2008 10:22 a.m.

    Mitt won in Nevada due largely to a strong LDS vote- and presumably he will win in Utah too for the same reason. But it will be interesting to see how he does in other states, including Florida. The Republican race appears wide open, but I think the ultimate winner will be McCain, though I never would have believed that a few months ago. The Demo race seems to be narrowing to a contest only between Hillary and Obama- in the national election, I think McCain will have the best chance of any Republican and it will be an interesting national election if he is nominated. If not, I think the Demos will win easily as the only other Republican with a chance in the national runoff is Gulliani and it looks like he will wash out soon.

  • DougB
    Jan. 20, 2008 10:20 a.m.

    To clarify my previous comment, I'm saddened by the idea that so many Mormons (and yes, also other voters in general) get caught up in these superficial issues like religion instead of studying the issues. Voting for Mitt just because he's Mormon is kinda silly when he's laid out his Presidential platform for you to study.

    I brought up the fact that he's not always perfect even on his defense of Mormonism because it goes to the heart of some Mormons' support for him (sadly). Study your guy out.

    For me personally, the idea that Mitt projects racist, collective fear-mongering about Arabs and wants to continue the pre-emptive, America-bankrupting, aggressive wars in the MidEast as one of the strongest planks in his platform is the biggest reason not vote for him. Not whether he is Mormon or not.

  • Phil
    Jan. 20, 2008 10:20 a.m.

    Fox 13 news showed our attorney general at a Elko Caucaus. And it is widely known he is a McCain supporter. There is one person who I believe is LDS not promoting Mitt. Of coarse if he wasn't LDS I would feel better. I am talking about Shurtliff. Go Mitt. I am afraid that Flordia will decide the nominations.

  • Re;Jerry
    Jan. 20, 2008 10:18 a.m.

    Maybe your end of time is near and if that's the case Romney can not save you!.

  • It's an M Thing!
    Jan. 20, 2008 9:49 a.m.

    His being the most qualified person for the presidencty aside, Nevada's evangelicals showed that those who live, work, and play with the Mormon community aren't threatened by the mass lies about Mormonism perpetuated and believed in the southeast by evangelicals. Mitt won the evangelical votes in Nevada over Cookaboo (and he's a evangelical preacher!). Again, those in the Bible belt who don't have the luxury of having many Mormon friends could look and learn from what happened in Nevada. Don't worry about religion and look at who can win over the Demo's and who can turn Washington around like he's done with everything else. It's a "Mitt" not a "Mormon" thing!

  • The Politician
    Jan. 20, 2008 9:48 a.m.

    Great! Go Romney! He's someone you are comfortable voting for.

  • jane
    Jan. 20, 2008 9:43 a.m.

    I saw on the Article VI blog that when they do a chart of what religions won't vote for another, Evangelicals won't vote for a Mormon, but Mormons do NOT vote in a block. I think it is pretty sad then, that the News makes it look like ONLY because of Mormons did Mitt win in Nevada. The exit polls showed too that if not ONE Mormon had voted, Mitt STILL WOULD HAVE WON!!!

    Mitt is the man who HAS had a plan since he put up his site months ago! He has not switched it, and he has the honesty and intelligence plus the experience in the business world to run the country. You don't have to have used a gun to shoot at an enemy, or be held a hostage, to see how to win a war!

    I wonder if Thompson would make a good vice pres? GO MITT!!

  • Timberwolf
    Jan. 20, 2008 9:33 a.m.

    I think Romney did great, but lets not foget about underdog Ron Paul and his astounding and largly ignored second place finish.

  • Timberwolf
    Jan. 20, 2008 9:29 a.m.

    Ron Paul a perennial also-ran? just what does that make out of Giuliani?

  • GoodLuckMitt
    Jan. 20, 2008 9:16 a.m.

    Congratulations to Mitt Romney. He is by far the best Republican candidate and it's just really a shame on so many in the Republican primary that they just can't seem to see that.
    The religion issue is clearly the reason that he hasn't gained more traction and I see this as a wake up call to the LDS Church that despite all the repackaging efforts of the last 40 years most people still see Mormons as some kind of 19th century Amish types who have lots of wives and eshew modern society. Nothing could be further from the truth of course, but perception is reality for many people. And there are some things that could be done to mitigate these bad perceptions. Polygamy gets alot of ink in the media (Warren Jeffs, etc.), is there perhaps something concrete that could be done by the LDS Church to help alleviate people's concerns, some changes in our doctrine, scriptures etc. that, though minor in the eternal scheme of things, could help people get over the polygamy thing--that is where most non LDS folks have their problem, I know, I have lots of non LDS relatives who share this view.

  • Grant
    Jan. 20, 2008 9:14 a.m.

    Isn't a tragic day in America when a candidate for president can win a state for no reason other than his religion?
    Is this the land of religious freedom or of religious bias and bigotry?
    When will Americans, even Mormoms, THINK?

  • Ron Paul Gets 2nd
    Jan. 20, 2008 9:08 a.m.

    Mark my words..the media will bury Ron Paul's #2 finish behind Mitt. Paul continues to beat Guiliani..remember..the one that the media told us we needed to crown as he was the only one who could beat Hilary (it takes a village). Yet, now McCain...the liberal republican is the media man...the lib. favorite Republican. In any event, Ron Paul..the obscure candidate continues to raise a small fortune, way ahead of several candidates, and will continue to get dissed by the mainstream press....because they don't want him. He is too much of a Constitutionalist and Republican as the current gravy trains would be dried up. That's the truth on this one folks.

  • Numbers are interesting
    Jan. 20, 2008 8:58 a.m.

    Mormons comprise 7.5% of Nevada's populous. 27% of those casting votes in Nevada said they were Mormons.

    By these numbers you can deduce: one few Nevadians voted increasing the percentage of Mormons and the 27% of Mormons who voted were involved in voting for a candidate based on his faith.

    What drove one group of voters out? Was their voting a influenced by a larger organization's influence with a political agenda?

    Wasn't it Mormons who were whining about religious tests in voting? Is hypocrisy a Christian value?

  • Troubled
    Jan. 20, 2008 8:55 a.m.

    Can Latter-Day Saints truly be troubled with the "Mormon" label associated with Mitt Romney? The national articles attribute his victory in Nevada to stances on the economy and immigration. The Deseret New? His church membership.

  • russ
    Jan. 20, 2008 8:50 a.m.

    Story explains Nevada's victory for Mitt. It does not explain how come he ran away from SC. He had Nevada wrapped up the moment he announced he was running for president. Polls showed it, everyone knew it. Mormons united!
    But today is a new day, and he flopped in SC. He couldn't even beat Fred! Has anyone actually seen Fred talk? Move? Show life? And Mitt spent a ton of money and time in SC, only to run away.
    The GOP knows it. FL will show it. McCain is hot now and looks like a car set to go down hill to the finish line. Romney cannot carry the big states, and McCain can.
    So does Mitt get the VP slot? No. You can't get elected pres. of the good old USA and have your ticket from AZ and ... UT? Or is he from Michigan? Or is it Massachusettes? Confused? So is the voting public.
    No, running away from SC was awful. He didn't even get the chance to explain why he came in 4th. Didn't get the chance to dance.

    If I were in his shoes, I'd fire the idiot who made me run away from the south.

  • Jim in GA
    Jan. 20, 2008 7:37 a.m.

    Very true about the SC Primary getting more press coverage, especially down south. Front page for McCain vs. back page for Romney.

  • C T R Gitto
    Jan. 20, 2008 7:37 a.m.

    What we all have to do is C T R . The fact that he is
    L D S just makes him more the right pick .

  • suzyk
    Jan. 20, 2008 6:47 a.m.

    Hooray for Romney...citizens are showing what they truly believe in and that is a man who can do the job. One with experience, integrity, maturity and the abilities to be effective as the President of the United States. Mitt is a businessman who has a great love for this country. He has a proven record of organization, the ability to make good changes in our country and the desire to serve to the best of his ability. He believes in God, he is a constant practicing Christian who believes that truth will prevail. He has sound morals, loves his family and has a great desire to help turn around the economy and show that changes can be made for the good. It's not his religion that has us voting for him but his wisdom and integrity. Keep up the good work Mitt.

  • Utah Resident
    Jan. 20, 2008 6:42 a.m.

    95 percent of LDS voters went for Romney? So much for the theory that Mormons don't vote as a bloc.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 20, 2008 5:52 a.m.

    So, overwhelming support from like minded mormons reflects people choosing the right man for the job. but from what i've seen here in the paper and online posts, voting for someone else because you're not a like minded mormon is mormon bashing.
    Utah in a nutshell.

  • William
    Jan. 20, 2008 4:14 a.m.

    I think it's great that Romney is getting positive coverage in the media now and not taking the hits for being a Mormon. I think it's sad that the entire mass media has decided to try to eliminate Ron Paul by not giving him the same or even a small portion of that time. You know why he had to "seriously campaign" in Nevada? It's because he had too! He does not get mentioned at all. If everyone took the time to do their own research on the candidates, (and not what the media would have you hear) many more would see that Ron Paul is the only one who has a plan to fix the mess the country is in.

    It's not that I don't like "helmet head", as he refers to himself, it's that I don't know what his position will be next week.

    As for the others in the GOP, they chose not to go to Nevada not because they didn't want too... It's because they DONT HAVE THE MONEY! Go to Ron Paul's website on Monday (MLK day) and be astounded at the donations that pour into Ron Paul's campaign. Oh and yes, I work graves...

  • J. Carlyle Parker, a Christian
    Jan. 20, 2008 1:57 a.m.

    It's wonderful. Go, Romney!

  • KE
    Jan. 20, 2008 1:36 a.m.

    Romney did really well with Mormons, and they really turned out for him. However, if not one Mormon had voted, Mitt would still have had enough votes to win. Great win!

    Romney resonates well with voters the more they get to know him, his positions and vision for this country. He's the best of the bunch, in my opinion.

    The current delegate count today after Nevada and South Carolina is--Romney 72, McCain 38, Huckabee 29, Thompson 8, Paul 6, and Guiliani 2.

    Way to go, Mitt! On to the White House!

  • Jerry
    Jan. 20, 2008 1:23 a.m.

    I pray that Brother Romney will win it all. The end times are near. With this man as president, he will buy us a few more years.