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Romney Looks to Solidify Front-Runner Status in Nevada

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Mitt Romney is looking to solidify his front-runner status in the Republican presidential nomination race today with a win in Nevada’s caucuses, a victory that polls show is within his grasp.

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Romney’s closest rival, is seeking a better-than-expected showing in a contest that comes four days after the former Massachusetts governor easily beat him in Florida’s primary.

Gingrich, who lightened his campaign schedule in Nevada to make more time for fundraising calls needed to keep his campaign alive, has sought to exploit a comment Romney made the morning after his Florida victory that the “very poor” don’t concern him because they get assistance from various federal programs.

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