Santorum ruined Mitt Romney’s Winning Streak

Rick Santorum has gained the media’s focus today after winning three states: Colorado, Missouri, Minnesota. These states are important being that they are swing states. This has given the much needed momentum and boost that the Santorum campaign needs to continue in this election. It also questions Mitt Romney’s ability to persuade undecided voters to follow him in his pursuit for the Presidential position. Another factor to consider in these wins was that Mitt Romney held a high winning margin in 2008 in states like Colorado and Minnesota. For Santorum to convince voters that he is the better candidate has redefined the election and may possibly hinder Mitt Romney’s chance in becoming the Republican nominee. This puts Santorum ahead of Romney in terms of the number of states that have held a primary or caucus so far.

Another surprising result in Tuesday’s election was the Gingrich did very poorly. In Minnesota, Newt came in last place following Mitt Romney. Could this have been because of his lack of enthusiasm and passion after the primaries in Nevada? Ron Paul did very well though despite his loss in the other states. It is interesting that we are now seeing a totally flip in the elections where the two front running contestants are falling behind while the two under-represented contestants are take the lead. This may change as time goes on but it definitely proves the theory that we cannot predict anything in this race. It may seem that Romney has a lead but a loss of three states can really ruin his chances, changing the dynamic in this 2012 Presidential elections.

For more results and a specific breakdown of how many votes each candidate received, check out the Wall Street Journal’s article on this surprising result.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204369404577209531461672726.html?mod=WSJ_Home_largeHeadline

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  • shinnsm  On February 10, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    What’s pretty crazy is that Santorum has now actually won the most states, but of course Romney has won more important states with more delegates at stake. Santorum doesn’t have to worry about anyone telling him to drop out now; he’s got about the same number of delegates as Newt Gingrich. So perhaps Newt will be the Southern Romney alternative and Santorum will be the Romney alternative everywhere else? Well, that’s still splintering the vote. And if a given state has any importance, Romney will pour-in enough money and negative ads to have a strong showing. So while Santorum is the story of the moment, it’s not enough to make the shift away from Romney as the presumptive nominee. Super Tuesday should be interesting!

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