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Romney Rolls In Nevada Caucus

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As expected, Mitt Romney rolled to a big win in Saturday's GOP Nevada caucus, notching his second win out of two contests in the West and third out of five (pending tonight's South Carolina results).

With 98 percent reporting, Romney is set to win the majority of the vote:

Romney = 51%
Paul = 13%
McCain = 13%
Huckabee = 8%
Thompson = 8%
Giuliani = 4%
Hunter = 2%

Ron Paul leads John McCain for second place by more than 100 votes, while Mike Huckabee is edging out Fred Thomson for fourth place by just 25 votes.

Nevada, though taking a back-seat to today's South Carolina primary in the media, will send more delegates (34) to the GOP national convention than South Carolina (24). South Carolina was penalized 23 delegates for holding its primary outside of the RNC's approved timeframe (Wyoming and Michigan were similarly penalized about half of their delegates).

On the Democratic side, the race was very close:

Clinton: 51%
Obama 45%
Edwards 4%
Kucinich 0%

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Small Club in St. Paul

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With retirement announcements this year by veteran U.S. Representatives such as 30-term Democrat John Dingell of Michigan, 20-term Democrat George Miller of California, and 18-term Republican Tom Petri of Wisconsin, it is no surprise that retirees from the 113th Congress are one of the most experienced cohorts in recent decades. Overall, these 24 exiting members of the House have served an average of 11.0 terms - the second longest tenure among retirees across the last 18 cycles since 1980. Only the U.S. Representatives retiring in 2006 had more experience, averaging 11.9 terms. (In that cycle, 10 of the 11 retiring members served at least 10 terms, with GOPer Bill Jenkins of Tennessee the lone exception at just five). Even without the aforementioned Dingell, the average length of service in the chamber of the remaining 23 retirees in 2014 is 10.2 terms - which would still be the third highest since 1980 behind the 2006 and 2012 (10.5 terms) cycles.


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