Well, it's better than ...... Ron Paul.
Mitt Romney Will Win Nevada Caucuses, Projected [10:00 p.m. ET]
Mitt Romney surged to a strong lead in early returns out of the Nevada Republican presidential caucuses Saturday, as he shoots for the first back-to-back win in the 2012 race.
With 10 percent of precincts reporting, Romney leads with 39 percent. Newt Gingrich has 25 percent, followed by Ron Paul with 22 percent and Rick Santorum with 13 percent.
Nevada is friendly territory for Romney, having overwhelmingly supported him in 2008.
The polls also showed Romney leading the field by double digits among evangelical Christian caucus-goers. Romney was backed by 48 percent of evangelicals, compared with 27 percent for Gingrich.
Despite early reports of low turnout in Nevada, state GOP Chairwoman Amy Tarkanian said she thinks turnout will exceed the roughly 44,000 who came out in 2008.
Nevada offers a modest delegate haul, with 28 convention delegates at stake. Romney led the field going into the race with 87, followed by Gingrich with 26, Santorum with 14 and Paul with four. It takes 1,144 delegates to win.
Gingrich, meanwhile, has kept his gaze trained on upcoming contests, the next of which will be held in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri -- and later in Maine, Michigan and Arizona.
Gingrich told Fox News he hopes to be "even with or slightly ahead" of Romney in the delegate count by early April.
For the near term, Romney has a healthy lead in delegates and could build on that advantage Saturday.
Romney, who is Mormon, is expected to benefit from the state's Mormon population, which made up a quarter of the GOP electorate in 2008 and almost uniformly supported him in that election.
Leaving nothing to chance, Romney supporters were calling caucus-goers late Friday asking for their vote.
"We are showing that organization and hard work and commitment make a real difference," Romney said, as he visited a Las Vegas office hosting a marathon call session.
Romney won Tuesday's Florida primary, in what was seen as a setback for Gingrich after the former House speaker won South Carolina. He also won New Hampshire, but lost Iowa to Santorum after initially being declared the winner there.