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High Mormon Turnout Assures Romney at Least Quarter of Nevada Vote

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney greets supporters as he holds a campaign rally at Emma Lou Olson Civic Center in Pompano Beach, Florida, January 29, 2012. Florida will hold its Republican primary on January 31, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images) Mitt Romney. (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

A quarter of the voters in today's caucuses in Nevada were Mormons, according to entrance polls conducted by Edison Research, which is pretty much the minimum proportion of votes Mitt Romney can expect to get since 98 percent of Mormon caucusgoers went for him in 2008. While his total in the gambling-prostitution-and-everything-goes state is likely to be at least as high as his 51 percent win four years ago, we'll have to wait about an hour and a half before watching that particular bit of political theater play out. That's when Google's election page and the Nevada GOP's Twitter feed start releasing final results. As for all you political junkies and those with nothing better to do on a Saturday evening, get ready to crack open a Red Bull and start feverishly refreshing your browsers every ten seconds. You definitely don't want to miss the moment when that one infinitesimally small precinct nudges your favorite candidate's vote tally just that little bit higher.

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Photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/2012 AFP