Tonight’s Mitt Romney Fund-raiser Was the Most Successful in Iowa History

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 29: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally at Somers Furniture on May 29, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mitt Romney is holding campaign event and attending a fundraiser hosted by Donald Trump in Las Vegas. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Photo: Justin Sullivan/2012 Getty Images

Ticket sales for a 280-person event held at a West Des Moines country club amounted to $2 million — a state record, according to Romney’s Iowa campaign co-chairman. However, the success ended up overshadowed by Romney's repeated mispronunciation of the word "Sikh" as "sheik" while speaking about the victims of Sunday's shooting in Wisconsin — a particularly unfortunate mistake, given the recent discussion about certain people's tendency to confuse members of the South Asian religion with Muslims.