Santorum Needs a Miracle to Catch Romney

As results of the Illinois primary trickled in, many believed it was the end of the road for Rick Santorum and the Republican Primary nomination contest.     In another jolt to an already sagging campaign came the endorsement of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to Romney. So it looks like Santorum needs to turnaround his campaign with some quick fire wins, which looks highly unlikely, but never says never in Politics.

Romney’s win in Illinois almost doubled the lead in delegates over Santorum. The battleground shifts to Louisiana on Saturday and then to Wisconsin in April, Santorum needs to win big in both these states to stay alive in the contest. If he fails to do so, he will have buckle under the pressure and harbor his support to get behind Romney in the run up to the November 6 Presidential election.

Another wild theory doing the rounds is Santorum hoping to win enough to make sure that Romney does not win the nomination by the end of June, when state contests end. He believes he can then go to the August convention in Tampa, Florida, where a lot of conservatives are expected to turn up and tip Romney to the post.

Victory for Mitt Romney in Illinois Republican primary

Republican Mitt Romney cruised to an easy victory over top rival Rick Santorum in Illinois on Tuesday. With this victory he moved one step closer to be nominated as the Republican presidential candidate.

Romney told cheering supporters in Schaumburg, Illinois, that elections are about choices, and hundreds of thousands of people in Illinois have joined millions across the country to join their cause. He said he had the vision and experience to get the nation out of the crisis it is in now.

Of the 62 percent votes counted, Romney had 47 percent, Santorum; a former U.S. senator had 35 percent, with Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich lagging in third and place fourth place respectively. The diverse electorate in Illinois paid off for Romney, who has been unable to translate his substantial financial and organizational advantages into broad support in many states. Though many conservatives were not convinced, Romney has more than twice as many delegates to the nominating convention as Santorum, and Romney’s campaign has argued that his rivals cannot catch him in the contest to pick a challenger to Obama in the Nov. 6 election.

Its smooth sailing in the Island Territories for Mr. Romney

Mitt Romney’s focus on job creation has lead to a huge win in the Republican Primary in Puerto Rico held on Sunday, gaining 20 delegates. This was a much needed win after a lukewarm electoral season so far. Mr. Romney is the front runner in the bid to be the Republican challenger for the Presidency on November 6th, but has been facing stiff competition from Rick Santorum. Mr. Romney has also won in the other island territories of Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and U.S. Virgin Islands.

This Puerto Rican primary Mr. Romney won about 83% of the vote, with 60% of the ballot counted, while Mr. Santorum could lay claim to only about 8%. Puerto Rico is a self-governing U.S. commonwealth and its citizens and though its citizens are allowed to participate in partisan party elections, they are not eligible to vote in national elections. (Puerto Ricans who live in the United States proper may vote in national polls.)

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.

Santorum Wins Alabama and Mississippi

The much awaited Southern state Republican Primary results are here and we have a winner. Rick Santorum has scored crucial victories in the Southern states of Alabama and Mississippi, which elevates him to the position as the leading conservative candidate for the US Presidential nomination.

A poll released on Monday put Romney slightly ahead of its rivals Santorum and Gingrich, however as the poll suggested there was an error margin of around +/- 4 percent, which seems to have made the difference. With 96 percent of the ballots counted in the Mississippi primary, Santorum had garnered 33 percent of the votes while his conservative rival Gingrich finished second with 31 percent closely followed by Romney with 30 percent.

In Alabama, the margin of victory was a lot more comfortable for Santorum as he finished with 35 percent of the vote. Gingrich came second with 30 percent and Romney third with 28 percent.

Got Christ?

What is America’s political landscape going to look like?  Is evangelical dogma going to sprout out within the “state” and take part in politics the way the tea party always wanted?  Or is the separation between the church and state going to take heed and people like Rick Santorum will be wiped out of the box for good.  Presidential candidates like him are not wanted in my world of politics because the ideology he lives by is mid-evil in some respects and outdated.  If Christianity gets the nomination for president instead of an actual person, what would be the good in that?  Don’t get me wrong though!

The GOP candidates are all in support of all forms of religious freedom so who to say a Buddhist wouldn’t be president one day.

Expensive college tuition

The knowledge base that a university grants students is a gateway to a fruitful life.  I used to feel that college was not necessary in order to be successful, and that higher learning institutions were just eating up the money of the parents that send their children there.

While I still feel that this is partly true, I have recently discovered that my knowledge base and understanding of the world was granted to me by the university I attended even though I hate to admit it.  Recently, the foolish Rick Santorum made a jab at the president who said that every child in America should aim at going to a university one day in order to build a chance for a successful livelihood in their future.  Rick called Obama a snob (implying that college was only for the rich) and said that Obama was trying to build a government that is all pervading and knows best.

Washington is an important stop on the road to Super Tuesday this year

After narrow victories in Arizona and Michigan, Mitt Romney seems to have regained some ground going into Tuesday’s primary in Washington State. Washington’s Republican caucus has 43 delegates at stake and for the first time in many years the race is so tight that all four candidates are taking a real interest in campaigning in the state.

As the voting in Washington is probably the last before Super Tuesday with 10 states and 419 delegates up for grabs, a victory here will add tremendous confidence and momentum in the race for the nomination.  Though just a few weeks ago it appeared that Rick Santorum was cruising to an easy win, with a Public Policy Poll showing him with an impressive 11point lead over Mr. Romney, this has since changed and it now appears that Mr. Romney has a slim lead over Mr.Santorum.

Election campaigning gains speed with either one of Romney and Santorum against Obama

As the Republican heavyweights fight it out in one state after another, the race to finish draws closer. Both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, largely contrasted by their moderate and conservative outlooks, finished with Arizona and Michigan last week. Both states choose Romney while staying clear of Rick Santorum’s views that have been largely regarded as conservative and most preferred by evangelical Christians and tea party conservatives. He did manage to win half of Michigan’s 30 delegates but failed to reach the finish line that was clinched by Mitt Romney who has created a large decisive gap between Santorum and himself that has helped him in a push toward the ultimate end game of facing Obama at the national debates when and if he wins.

 

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