Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Romney Doesn't Look Much Like A Front-Runner

The fledgling presidential campaign of Rick Santorum managed to pull off victories in all three states conducting elections yesterday despite the coronation of Mitt Romney that has already taken place. Santorum scored victories in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado yesterday.

Santorum handily won Missouri, a beauty contest with no delegates at stake, by getting 55% of the vote compared to Mitt Romney's 25%. Ron Paul collected only 12% of the vote, and Newt Gingrich's name wasn't even on the ballot. In the Minnesota GOP caucus election, Romney placed third behind Rick Santorum, who won 45% of the vote, and Ron Paul, who captured 27% of the vote. Romney got only 17% of the vote, while Gingrich came in last with only 11% of the vote. It was closer in Colorado's caucus vote, but Santorum still came out on top with 40% of the vote compared to Romney's second place finish with 35% of the vote. Gingrich and Paul ran a close race for third with 13% and 12%, respectively.

The good news for Romney is that he still has a big lead in the only vote that counts--the delegate count. He leads the pack with 106 delegates followed by Gingrich with 38 delegates. Santorum and Paul have 22 and 20 delegates, respectively. The bad news for Santorum this week is that his name won't appear on the Indiana ballot because he came up a few short on petition signatures. He and Gingrich both missed the ballot in the upcoming Virginia primary as well.

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