Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 | 2:21 p.m.
Forget attributing Mitt Romney’s win Saturday in Nevada to his superior campaign organization, momentum from Florida, electability, business record or the Mormon factor.
It was The Donald.
Donald Trump, who endorsed Romney on Thursday at his Las Vegas hotel, took credit for Romney’s win in Nevada’s GOP presidential caucuses.
“There was a lot riding on that particular race in Nevada. And, it was interesting because the numbers were much, much greater than he thought,” Trump said. “And a lot of people are giving me credit, and I will accept that credit. Always accept credit.”
Romney finished with 50 percent of the vote, about the same he won Nevada with in the 2008 presidential Republican Caucus. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich came in second, and Congressman Ron Paul in third.
At a post-caucus news conference, Gingrich addressed erroneous media reports that he would be getting Trump’s endorsement. He said Trump played the media well. “You have to admire his chutzpah,” Gingrich said.