|There have been several developments today in the race for the GOP presidential nomination. First,
polls taken yesterday show Newt Gingrich overtaking Mitt Romney
in South Carolina by an average margin of almost four percentage points. Then, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced this morning that he is
suspending his campaign and endorsing Gingrich. Both stories are bad news
for the frontrunner Romney - and may lead to a successful reverse psychology ploy by The Blogging Caesar (a couple days ago, I predicted in no uncertain terms that
Romney would win the nomination. He may still, but Gingrich is making a
race of it again).
Like most conservative Republicans, I still have serious misgivings about everyone in the dwindling GOP presidential field, those who are still in it and those who have left. I
remain mildly convinced that Romney would have a better chance than Gingrich against President Obama, but if Republicans can take the Senate, maybe it's worth the risk just to see Newt
take on Obama in a few debates - at least that may be a silver lining in an otherwise gloomy presidential nominating contest.
Oh, and by the way, Iowa's certified final results show Santorum eclipsing Romney by 34
votes. That means the final order among the top three, Santorum, Romney and Paul, turned out
just the way I predicted. I thought you might like to know.
2012 GOP Primaries
South Carolina 2012
SC Primary 2012
SC President 2012
IA Caucus 2012
IA President 2012
posted by Scott Elliott at 4:26pm 01/19/12::