Idaho Caucuses
6:38 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Romney Takes Idaho, Helped By Mormon Vote

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho - Mitt Romney took the state of Idaho Tuesday in the state’s first-ever presidential caucus. The former Massachusetts governor won with 61 percent of the vote. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.

The sheer strength of demographics appears to have helped Romney among caucus voters. More than a quarter of Idaho’s population is Mormon.

But faith wasn’t all of it. Joan Gabrielsen of Hayden, Idaho, said she was still studying the candidates down to the last few hours. She likes Ron Paul, but she eventually decided Romney was the practical choice for the economy.

Gabrielsen: “More than the philosophical changes, we need somebody that can get in and that’s actually had a history of making changes in organizations and businesses.”

Ron Paul campaigned heavily in Idaho and it showed in Tuesday’s caucus results -- bringing out supporters like Mark Villagomez. He says President Obama’s health care overhaul is an important election issue. And Villagomez doesn’t think Romney is the candidate to raise it.

Villagomez: “Because he already -- he passed it. It’s hard for him to go against that and Obama knows it.”

Villagomez says his second choice behind Ron Paul, would be Rick Santorum for president.

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