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WASHINGTON--After victories last week in Florida and Nevada, GOP White House frontrunner Mitt Romney continues his rumble with chief rival Newt Gingrich as they head into more votes Tuesday in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri and Saturday in Maine.

Colorado, Minnesota and Maine are caucus states; Missouri holds a "beauty contest" vote with delegates not selected until March 17.

To recap Nevada: Romney won a decisive victory. Gingrich held a rare election night press conference in Nevada to vow again to stay in the contest until the August GOP convention in Tampa. Quitting the race, Gingrich said, is a Romney "fantasy."

The official Nevada certified results, according to the Nevada Republican Party:

Romney 50.0%
Gingrich 21.1%
Paul 18.7%
Santorum 9.9%

The Romney team highlighted in a victory memo that Romney would have won big "even without" Mormon voters, who made up about a quarter of caucus voters.

Nevada memo from the Romney team:

Mitt Romney won among conservatives, Tea Party members, women, men, low income, high income, etc.

Mitt Romney won a majority of "very conservative" voters (51%). He defeated Newt Gingrich (40-31%) among strong Tea Party voters. He won 48% of the vote among evangelicals (48 - 27%) over Newt Gingrich.

Like Florida, Mitt Romney won handily among voters who said electability was the most important quality in a candidate.

Like Florida, Mitt Romney won handily among voters who said the economy is the top issue.

LDS voters make up 26% of the caucus votes. Even without the LDS votes, Mitt Romney still would have won decisively (by 17 points).

While Mitt Romney won a majority of the LDS vote, he won among Protestants, Catholics and everybody else by wide margins.

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