Rocky Road Ahead for Gingrich as Romney and Santorum March Ahead

The day after the Republican Primary Contests in Alabama and Mississippi in which Newt Gingrich finished second, the calls for him to step down only grew louder. He is still sticking to his guns and not budging, he says he will continue to be part of the contest.

In spite of him campaigning with all vigour and passion in Illinois, where the primary will unfold on Tuesday, Republicans have resigned to the fact that from now on this will be a two horse race between Romney and Santorum.

As it has been insisted over and over again, supporters of Rick Santorum believe that if Gingrich steps down from the race, it will help put all conservative votes behind one leader, who can take on Romney. In spite of Gingrich having only a vote share of 10 to 15 percent, people firmly believe the whole vote share would add to Santorum’s conservative vote bank. Having said that, it is still unclear if Gingrich supporters would back Santorum in the event of Gingrich stepping down. The man who is smiling at the moment is Mitt Romney, his lead at the top keeps growing while his conservative rivals sweat it out.

Republican Ron Paul on the Rise

It seems like Ron Paul would outlast Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum in the Republican race in the presidential election. The Texas libertarian would still have to face Mitt Romney in the Tampa Republican convention in August. The reason why Ron Paul looks like he will outlast Gingrich and Santorum are the results of the Nevada caucus and the last week’s Grand Old party’s events.

Though Paul has been placed third in the Nevada’s Saturday vote, his percentage is four percent higher than his percentage in 2008. While Romney got to the 50 percent threshold and Gingrich got 21 percent, Paul received 18 percent. It is quite higher than what the media has been predicting for him. But the thing to be noted here is that, in the Nevada entrance polls Paul received the higher number votes from voters who said they would vote for a ‘true conservative’. Paul drew 42 percent of those votes while Gingrich got 30 and Santorum got only 24.

 

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