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  Perry revives Nevada caucuses
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Last EditedJason  Sep 26, 2011 03:01am
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News DateMonday, September 26, 2011 09:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionRick Perry’s candidacy may be on the rocks after his shaky debate and straw-poll defeat in Florida. But in Nevada, the state that hopes to hold the third GOP primary contest of 2012, he’s already accomplished a major feat.

Perry may have singlehandedly saved the Nevada caucuses.

Without even setting foot there, the Texas governor has racked up Nevada’s biggest endorsement – popular Gov. Brian Sandoval – and with it a team of some of the state’s top political operatives. Already, one poll has shown him beating Mitt Romney in the state where the former Massachusetts governor was supposed to be a lock.

Suddenly, the Nevada caucuses are competitive. And that could be a big problem for Romney, whose early-state strategy hinged on big wins in New Hampshire and Nevada to offset his weakness in Iowa and South Carolina.

But it’s welcome news for the Silver State, whose GOP primary has been slighted and ignored by the candidates and media alike despite being tentatively scheduled as the third nominating contest, right after Iowa and New Hampshire. Another virtually unnoticed Romney blowout, like his 40-point win in 2008, seemed all but guaranteed in 2012.

But that was before Perry came along.
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