Romney said Republicans had cast their votes for change, and that he was the man to provide it.
"With a career spent turning around businesses, creating jobs and imposing fiscal discipline, I am ready to get my hands on Washington and turn it inside out," Romney said in a statement.
The former governor of Massachusetts issued while he flew to Florida to campaign for that state's primary on January 29.
However Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett in South Carolina said many political analysts would not place too much emphasis on Romney's victory given that many of the other candidates did not campaign heavily in Nevada preferring to focus on South Carolina.McCain victory
In a speech, McCain thanked his supporters for handing him the victory, eight year after the primary in 2000, where he lost to George W. Bush, the current president, in a campaign filled with smears and allegations.
He said: "Thank you, my friends, and thank you, South Carolina, for bringing us across the finish line first, in the first-in-the-south primary. It took us a while, but what's eight years among friends."
"In the course of this campaign, I have tried as best I could, to tell people the truth about the challenges facing our country, and how I intend to address them."
"I have tried to do that throughout this campaign, and to put my trust in your willingness to give me your fair consideration. So far, it seems to be working out just fine."
|McCain refuses to consider himself a front-runner for the Republican nomination, |
despite the South Carolina victory [Reuters]