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Santorum has been trying to coalesce conservative support around his candidacy, arguing that Newt Gingrich missed his opportunity to capitalize on being the alternative to front-runner Mitt Romney.

But Romney remains the likely favorite in the state, gaining a head of steam after his win in the pivotal Florida primary. Romney won the state in 2008, and a high Mormon population is expected to benefit his candidacy.

A poll from the Las Vegas Review-Journal released Thursday, two days before the Nevada caucus, shows Romney with the support of 45 percent of likely voters, enough for a commanding 21-point lead over Gingrich. Santorum places third, with 11 percent, while Ron Paul is polling around 9 percent.