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.