Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Santorum Wins Alabama & Misssissippi, "Frontrunner" Romney Finishes Third?

It was a pretty big night for Rick Santorum last night (Fox News).

Rick Santorum ensured that the Republican nominating battle will drag on, possibly into the spring and beyond, after pulling off a pair of victories in the Deep South on Tuesday – the last big night of primaries until April.

The former Pennsylvania senator edged out his opponents in both Mississippi and Alabama, allowing him to build the case that he is the “conservative” alternative to Mitt Romney over Newt Gingrich.

Romney did not go home empty handed, clinching a victory in the Hawaii caucuses by a wide margin. He took home 45 percent of the vote, with over 80 percent of precincts reporting. Santorum trailed with 25 percent.

Romney also won the small Republican caucus in American Samoa. He picked up all nine delegates in the contest in the U.S. territory located 2,300 miles south of Hawaii.

One line in this story struck me:

Romney did not address supporters Tuesday night but made clear beforehand that he doesn't consider the Southern contests to be must-win for his nomination chances.

Typical New England snobbery! You cannot win a Presidential election without the South, Mittens!

Actually, Prof. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection posted the numbers and, in both contests, Mittens placed third!?!?! Newt Gingrich, who was banking on victories in these two states, finished second.

Some have suggested that Newt should get out of the race. Maybe it time for Romney to get out instead? He's not connecting with the voters, despite his hefty war chest and establishment GOP support.   That is not an encouraging sign in the general election.

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