With only 33,000 voters showing up for the Nevada caucus (that’s 11,000 less than in 2008), Mittens’ campaign is trying to spin voter apathy into staunch voter support. You see, people didn’t show up to vote because they just love them some Mitt Romney.
Yeah right. From Think Progress:
With just 33,000 voters showing up to the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, Republicans may be quietly concerned about a lack of enthusiasm for their candidates — and especially front-runner Mitt Romney — after another primary state produces lower-than-expected turnout.
But not former New Hampshire governor John Sununu. The Romney campaign surrogate appeared on MSNBC this morning and offered a novel interpretation of the low figures:
SUNUNU: In an odd sense when turnout is down, contrary to what you are hearing, people are satisfied with the winning and the candidate that’s winning. They are satisfied with Mitt Romney.
Except voters are not satisfied with Mittens — at all:
Nevada Republican Party Chairwoman Amy Tarkanian initially predicted as many as 70,000 Nevadans would participate in this year’s caucus, but final results show that fewer than half as many actually turned out. The 33,000 figure is not only lower than expectations, but more than 10,000 fewer than participated in Nevada’s caucus in 2008. And even though Romney topped 50 percent of the vote for the first time in this primary season in the state, his vote total was more than 25 percent lower than it was in 2008, and his percentage of the vote fell slightly as well.
Once again, The Onion imitates real life:
[via Think Progress]