In victory, the former Massachusetts governor unleashed a sharp
attack on President Barack Obama, whose economic policies he said
have "made these tough times last longer."
In a state with the worst joblessness in the country, Romney
added, "This week he's been trying to take a bow for 8.3 percent
unemployment. Not so fast, Mr. President. This is the 36Th straight
month with unemployment above the red line your own administration
The former Massachusetts governor held a double-digit lead over
his nearest pursuer as the totals mounted in a state where fellow
Mormons accounted for roughly a quarter of all caucus-goers.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul vied
for a distant second. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum
trailed the field.
Returns from 14 of 17 counties showed Romney with 42 percent
support, Gingrich with 25 percent, Paul with 20 percent and
Santorum with 13 percent.
Yet to report its results was Clark County, which includes Las
Vegas and often accounts for half or more of the votes in a
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