“I got a whole lot of money that’s ready to burn, so get those stakes up higher.”
– Elvis Presley
During an election year, the stakes are high and a lot of money gets burned. It seems the more money a candidate spends, the better his or her chances are og being victorious.
Currently, the Republican frontrunner is Mitt Romney, who has spent more than double the amount of money any other GOP candidate had spent coming into 2012.
Coincidence? You can be the judge of that.
What about in Nevada, though? A place where there always seems to be high stakes. A place where so many people just leave it up to chance. Could someone, anyone, take down the money-burning Romney?
Saturday, in the land of gambling, on the eve of one of the biggest gambling days of the year (the Super Bowl), four candidates went for broke and the one with the most money to start came out on top again.
Based on preliminary votes, Romney won with almost 48 percent of the vote; Newt Gingrich lagged almost 25 percent behind, shrugging off the loss by saying that the Mormon Romney swept a state with a large Mormon population. Ron Paul took third with 18.5 percent and Rick Santorum followed up with 10.4 percent.
What’s next for the Republican candidates? A seven-day voting period began Saturday in Maine, with Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri going to the polls Tuesday. Get ready Kandidates, it’s going to be a busy week.
— Juan Cervantes is a junior history major and student blogger for The Diamondback.