CARSON CITY, NV - Carson City ran its caucus a little differently Saturday, with some people casting a preference ballot and leaving. Still others choose to stick around for three hours to hear candidates’ representatives and meet with others in their same precinct. The combination proved successful with 500 people casting their ballots before 10:00AM.
“I'm voting for Newt,” Laurie Anderson told us, “He’s not a quitter.”
“Mr. Gingrich has shown he has the capacity to tell it like it is--pulls no punches,” said W. Don Wilkinson another caucus attendee.
“Tonight we are going for Newt. Nevadans are going to Newt,” said Rose Laird.
Those were just some of the opinions of people we selected randomly before the Carson Caucus got underway at noon.
For those who did not want to stay to select precinct delegates or captains, a simple filling out of a ballot and placing it into a precinct box would do in Carson City.
Organizers say those ballots would make up about 80% of the final vote.
Candidates’ representatives were given 3 minutes each to speak to the crowd before they broke into their precinct groups.
Once inside the many rooms here they talked about delegates, the county and state convention and about the party's platform.
Many of these people had already cast their preference vote--these meeting were a way to meet fellow Republicans in their neighborhoods.
Some who held out to cast their ballots would do so at the precinct meetings.
Those ballots were counted after 3:00 PM, with the final results released to the state party in Las Vegas.
In the end Mitt Romney received 37.6%, Newt Gingrich 32.2%, Ron Paul 15.3% and Rick Santorum 14.4% for Carson City.
Organizers say they had been planning for this caucus since last summer.
They wanted it better than 2008.
In the end 97 people would volunteer to help conduct the event and approximately 2000 would participate.