Can Santorum beat Obama?

In the Republican race, it has basically come down to a contest between Santorum and Romney. Santorum is beginning to round up votes from voters who feel that Romney is too moderate, and because of this he has become a force in the Republican primaries. Despite this, however, Santorum has little chance of beating Obama. In the general election, Santorum is a candidate that will significantly fire up the Republican base. In the process, however, he will quite easily turn off moderates that are crucial to any candidate’s ability to win the presidency, and even might fire up the Democratic base due to his social conservativeness. While this could be mitigated through the smart picking of a VP, a win for Santorum in the Republican nominating contest could mean a significantly easier victory for Obama in the general election. Romney is still the Republican’s best bet at beating Obama, like it or not, and I predict that Republicans will realize this and ultimately nominate Romney for president, setting of a more unpredictable general election result.

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