(per CBS News/National Journal’s Sarah Boxer)
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Mitt Romney on Monday sought to link President Obama to former President Jimmy Carter, calling Obama’s administration “the most anti-jobs, anti-investment, anti-growth administration that I’ve seen since Jimmy Carter.”
“They used to make fun of me all the time when I was Speaker and I took great pride in the fact that they made fun of me.”—Newt Gingrich responding to the recent Saturday Night Live skit (per CBS News/National Journal’s Sarah Huisenga)
CBS News Projects Mitt Romney Wins Nevada Caucuses
CBS News projects that Mitt Romney will win the Nevada caucuses with a sizable victory. Romney had gone into the caucuses with a lead in the polls and strong organization, and it clearly paid off tonight. Meanwhile Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich are battling for second place.
Tallied votes have started to come in and the state party expects to count votes from Clark County, the state’s largest.
In his victory speech, Mitt Romney attacks Barack Obama yet again. He responds to the president’s State of the Union address and how we got in the state we’re in now: “We know exactly how we got here: You won the election.”
CBS News Projects Mitt Romney to Win Florida Republican primary
CBS News projects Mitt Romney will win the Florida Republican primary, taking its 50 delegates with a sizeable win in this pivotal contest. Romney performed well throughout the state: he is amassing solid gains in South Florida and Miami, is winning in the central part of the state. Bolstered by strong organization in recent weeks, Romney also did very well with Florida’s sizeable number of early and absentee voters.
What Issues Do South Carolina Primary Voters Care About?
EXIT POLL RESULTS
The economy (61%) is far and away the top issue for South Republican primary voters today; followed by the budget deficit (23%), abortion (8%) and health care (4%).
It was the top issue in Iowa and New Hampshire as well.
Most Important Issue
South Carolina Voters
Economy 61 %
Federal budget deficit 23
At 9.9%, South Carolina’s unemployment rate is higher than the national average, and nearly all voters here are worried about the direction of the nation’s economy, including 78% who are very worried. Only 1% is not worried.
Worried About Nation’s Economy
South Carolina Voters
When asked about their family’s financial situation, 11% said they are getting ahead financially, 67% say they are holding steady, while 21% say they are falling behind.
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