Ballots have been counted for one precinct caucusing at Becker Middle School in Las Vegas. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won precinct 3807 with 36 votes, followed by Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who had 8 votes. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum both took 3 votes.The New York Times:
Before the ballots were cast, six people spoke on behalf of the candidates. Three spoke in favor of Paul, and three spoke for Romney.
After the speeches, ballots were distributed and voters made their picks.
It was democracy in action for the 22 Republicans who gathered in Room 207 of Palo Verde High School on Saturday morning to caucus.
No one was in charge. Dr. Rob Fisher, an anesthesiologist, took it upon himself to walk down the hall and speak with officials organizing the 26 precincts caucusing at the high school, which is in an upscale part of Las Vegas called Summerlin. A Mormon church is one block away.
“I guess what I’m called is a precinct captain,’’ Dr. Fisher said when he returned. He explained that anyone present could speak on behalf of a candidate, in alphabetical order of their names on the ballot: Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.
There were no speakers for Mr. Gingrich, Mr. Paul or Mr. Santorum.
Norm Jenkins, 72, who runs a vehicle leasing company, stood to speak for Mr. Romney. “I’m a businessman,’’ he began. “I think we need someone who has proved he is a leader, not only in turning companies around.’’
(...) Ballots were cast. The results were announced: 1 for Mr. Gingrich, 2 for Mr. Paul, 19 for Mr. Romney, 0 for Mr. Santorum.
No one seemed to know how that tally would translate into the votes at the state party convention, which would chose delegates for the national convention.
There was some surprise that Mr. Paul had not had received more votes.
“The Ron Paul people were much bigger and they spoke up last time” in 2008, Dr. Jenkins said.