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Two more states make Republican choice


Maine and Nevada start their selection process in caucuses for the Republican presidential candidate today.

In Maine, the timing for caucuses is very flexible, but all caucuses will take place between today (4th February) and next Saturday, 11th February. The 24 delegates will be apportioned based upon the votes cast for each candidate.

The vote in Maine looks to be evenly balanced between Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, with Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum not making much of a showing.

In Nevada the caucus will be held between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. today in 125 sites with 28 delegates being apportioned between the candidates.

Mitt Romney is standing somewhere between 45% and 50%, the latest Public Policy polling survey puts him on 50% of the vote.

Newt Gingrich is coming in second with 25%, Ron Paul on 15% and Rick Santorum on 8%.

The next round of primaries/caucuses will take place next Tuesday (7th February) in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri. The Missouri vote is a primary, with a Republican caucus then taking place on 17th March.

This week Mitt Romney received the endorsement of Donald Trump. Trump had originally mused that he would stand as a Republican candidates, then suggested he would stand as an Independent and finally chose to support Romney.

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