Important win for Romney

2012-02-05 08:32

Washington - Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney captured a clear win on Saturday in the Republican caucuses in the western US state of Nevada, projections showed.

Romney had captured 41% of the vote, according to official results from the state's Republican Party. Though only about 10% of the vote had been counted, television networks were able to call the contest for Romney after caucuses ended in Las Vegas, the state's largest city.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul and former speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich were locked in a battle for second place.