Mitt Romney did exceptionally well in the Nevada caucuses this weekend, as he was expected to do, but also did surprisingly well among the state’s conservatives, capturing half of that voting block, more than twice the amount who supported Newt Gingrich.
Of course, next to Utah, Nevada boasts one of the most robust Mormon populations in America, so the victory should not come as a surprise. Romney is Mormon.
That said, if Romney ends up owing his victory to western-state conservatives and Mormons, it may bode well for a potential Romney presidency, pulling him to campaign and govern more to the right than he was able to as governor of Massachusetts. And that would be a good thing.
Only five states have spoken so far, and there are no signs that Gingrich, Ron Paul, or Rick Santorum plan to drop out any time soon. However, that’s healthy for the process; politics is not pro wrestling and does down operate under tap and die rules.