Republican fight continues


The Republican fight continues with former Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney, former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator, Rick Santorum, Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich and sitting Texas U.S. Representative Ron Paul. In a fight that has seen its share of ups and downs, these four continue to push on.
In the latest fight, the southern states, Santorum pulled off a surprise win over Gingrich in Alabama and Mississippi. Gingrich was a favorite because he hails from Georgia. However, in Alabama the delegates were split because no contender got over the 50 percent margin needed to take all the delegates for the state.
The latest primaries follow a tough Super Tuesday where 10 states were up for grabs. Former Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney, won six of the ten. With a narrow edge of victory to take the state of Ohio, Romney beat former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, to secure the higher delegate count, edging Santorum by only a one percent margin.
Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gincrich won his home state of Georgia and sitting U.S. House representative, Ron Paul, didn’t win a single state, but picked up some delegates. Ron Paul continues to loom in the background for what seems a marathon race.
In the delegate fight for the Republican nomination, Santorum is far behind Romney, but his wins in Kansas have edged him into second place above Gincrich. Santorum won 53% of the vote in Kansas caucus on Saturday March 10, 2012, while Romney pulled out a victory in Wyoming on the same day, making it harder for Republicans to see an end to this race. Many are predicting that it is likely to go all the way to the Republican National Convention floor, where each state’s delegates will go to nominate the candidate of their choice.
The primaries now head to the key battleground states of Illinois in late March and Pennsylvania at the end of April, where not a single Republican state leader, Governor Tom Corbett or U.S. Senator Pat Toomey have endorsed Santorum. Santorum continues to play the conservative role, but winning his home state could be a pivotal point in his campaign.
The Pennsylvania state leadership has remained noncommittal throughout the season, with Corbett saying that his is not willing to share whom he will be supporting for the Republican ticket.
However, the Illinois primary may prove to be the pivotal point for the Romney camp. Coming off tough loses in the south; he will need resurgence in order to stay competitive. Romney has been outspending all his competitors and has still come up short. He out spent Santorum in the southern primaries 5 to 1 and Santorum won.
Some critics say Gingrich is helping Romney by staying in the race. If he were to drop out, its predicted that most of his votes and delegates would go to Santorum, which would put him atop the Republican ticket.


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