Santorum Scores 3 State Sweep

The GOP resumed its selection process in the race to face President Obama in November. The events leading up to today’s ‘three states in play’ contest can be described as anything but ordinary. Along the way, each candidate has had their own series of obstacles to overcome. Along the way, the Republican Party has struggled to operate with their machine like precision.

The first stop in the three state challenge is the Missouri Primary. Controversy tarnished this event when the primary faced a delegate reduction due to a requested calendar change by the Missouri GOP. Instead of going by way of Florida, Missouri opted to comply with state law thereby foregoing the delegate penalty.

The 49 Missouri delegates however, will not be officially allocated until March, when Missouri holds its state caucus to do so. The heavy presumptive favorite prior to this contest was Rick Santorum, winning comfortably covering a 30 point spread. Mitt Romney finishing second, Ron Paul took third as Newt Gingrich failed to make the ballot.

The next stop of the competition was the Minnesota Caucus. With 37 delegates at stake, the Romney campaign seemed to downplay the Minnesota event with cautious optimism. Rick Santorum once again thumped his competitors with a double digit victory over second place contestant Ron Paul. Romney came in a disappointing third with Gingrich pulling up the rear.

The final Republican nominating event for the evening was held in Colorado with 33 caucus delegates in play.

Romney’s expectations of salvaging the night were dashed. A late Romney surge threatened the sweep would slip through Santorum’s Mitts, but it wasn’t meant to be. Newt Gingrich ended a disappointing night finishing a distant third, with Paul rounding out the field coming in last.

The next contest to be held will be in the state of Maine. Romney is the presumptive favorite to win this contest. Going forward, Mitt Romney has an uphill battle as the field contends with the reality of a discontent electorate. Voter participation was once again disappointing and did not meet the 2008 turnout. This looms large for the Arizona Primary which is considered to be a swing state.

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gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Hello Poetvix, Thanks for checking in and for your comments. i gotta feelin' this may drag out for a while.

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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

Personally, I think it's too early to call who is going to emerge on top, but I surely appreciate the update as each round plays out!

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gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Still haven't heard from my Congressman Jeff Flake regarding tickets to the upcoming Arizona Debate. I'm encouraged though because I'm sure he's overwhelmed with all the problems facing our nation.

With respect to American Romance, he directed a comment to Jenntyl99. They exchanged their individual points of view without personal attacks, which is what our leaders should be doing instead of campaigning and fund raising.

Thanks as always for your encouragement, comments and compliments Michele.

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Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Wow, this is a huge one for Arizona. The thing is we all know about the candidates ( well maybe a lot anyway) but this year is different. The republican candidates are fighting like cats and dogs. Another comment on this hub was made by American Romance and it was strange because we usually do not agree. But this time did agree. I think what he said was about 100% correct. gjf Your hubs are incredible.

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gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Thanks for your comments Joshua. I agree on the political makeover.

I have indeed enjoyed your marketing tips hub and shared it as well. I'm looking forward to our conversations in the future.

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jenntyl99 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

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jenntyl99 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

@ American Romance. I am sorry to say that you clearly must not be from Pennsylvania and if you are, then perhaps you don't follow Rick Santorum's record in this state. You point out that those who enter the military chose the "job" as you prefer to call it. However, what you fail to recognize is the fact that these people who chose to take the "job" are the very same people who are protecting YOUR freedoms. My question to you is, did you ever fight for your freedom? Did you ever lose a relative in the military? Do you know what it is like to go through the PTSD, lost limbs, divorce, and many, many other things that occur as a resulting of serving this country to protect other people, who may be ungrateful or even fail to thank these very same men and women protecting them? I would venture to say not. Furthermore, there is NO comparison between what a janitor and what our BRAVE military men and women do daily. Why don't you take the time to ask these men and women how they feel about giving up what they do (knowing that they may indeed die) to protect you and your family? Then tell me if they don't deserve to be taken care of by our government.

Finally, I leave you with this personal account from my friend of her interaction with Rick Santorum (who by the has a nephew who clearly stated in the press that he would not vote for Santorum.....hmmm makes one think).

...Let me tell you a little something about Mr. Rick Santorum.... A few years ago I went with a bus load of vets from the VFW for their yearly trip to Washington to talk to local reps and Senators... It was an election year, so instead of sendin...g an aide (like other years) Sen Santorum personally came. There was a lot of discussion about Vets' healthcare and the government beginning to force vets to pay for their healthcare. Our vets reminded Santorum the promises made to them when they agreed to go off to war, and Mr. Santorum's response was this..."You can't possibly expect the government to keep its promise of free healthcare since they couldn't have possilbly have known how expensive it was going to be in the future... Expensive, Mr. Santorum? Let's ask a vet how much his missing limbs are worth? Or how much his peace of mind is worth? or maybe his unit, his best friend, his wife and family, his dreams, his nightmares, a mother's dead son, a child's dead father..

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American Romance 5 years ago from America

comment to jennty199, I am a firm believer in supporting our military, that being said I ask you this question, Our military is optional, meaning one can take the job or leave it. Yes I agree its a heroic and tear jerking to see our military board planes for dangerous territory but that is not my point. Folks take the job, get paid and get benifits. If they come home unscathed then why do we need to furnish them benifits for life? We don't furnish the local janitor benifits for life once he quits his job? Do you get benifits for life since you paid in taxes to support that same military in the first place?

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gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Thanks for sharing your input AlexDrinkH2O,

As a Fiscal conservative and Lifelong Republican, I have concluded that it is no longer my children's Father's Republican Party. The extreme social and political overreach has created a political environment in which Ronald Reagan would be considered unelectable. Therefore, since you asked, if the subject is a social culture war, Santorum is your man. Personally, if he was running for POTUS, that's Pope of the U.S. he'd be my choice hands down.

I guess it comes down to one's definition of a conservative. Personally, I long for the days of the old school Republican Party, but hey, thats just me.

Once again thanks for your input.

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gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Suffice it to say there any number of things I don't understand about Mr. Santorum. First and foremost is his comment that John McCain doesn't understand the issue of tortue. Thanks for your comments puter_dr. I look forward to your input going forward.

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AlexDrinkH2O 5 years ago from Southern New England, USA

I admit I'm a conservative and I'm biased but could Santorum possibly be any worse than the president we have now? Obama makes Jimmy Carter look good!

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puter_dr 5 years ago from Midwest USA

Santorum seems like a fine guy till he opens his mouth.

"Veterans don't deserve healthcare" "Rape is God's gift to a woman"

I am no fan of abortion, but there are circumstances where it should be an option to a woman.

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gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

jenntyl99, Thanks for your comments. I think John McCain would tend to agree with you regarding this matter. I look forward to your input in the future.

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jenntyl99 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

Rick Santorum is a terrible person and will not make a good candidate. As someone from Pennsylvania we need the rest of this nation to know what type of man he is. A good friend of mine had an interaction with Santorum where he basically said Veteran's just are not important enough to provide health care for when they are discharged. He said it's not our job to do that. Based on this reason alone, this man's character is seriously flawed.

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