Romney Stays in the Lead; Santorum Surprises Us

If he wasn’t far enough in the lead already, Mitt Romney secured his position at the top by winning yesterday’s Florida and Nevada caucuses. Bloomberg reports that Romney has won “three out of the first five nomination contests” so far. Yesterday Romney received 48 percent of the vote. Newt Gingrich, though he is perceived to be “close to ending his candidacy,” waives any of that speculation aside and is still trying to push his way to the top. Bloomberg reported him with only 23 percent of Nevada’s vote, not even half of what Romney received.

A surprise to the other candidates, and everyone who is following the campaign, Rick Santorum came away yesterday with three victories. While Bloomberg reports that Santorum received the lowest percentage at the Nevada caucuses (11 percent) the New York Times talks about his victories in Minnesota and Colorado, where he received over 40 percent in both cases.  Santorum also came away with the Missouri primary – this all happening after the political world basically dismissed his candidacy just three days ago.

What does Romney and his following have to say about this? They don’t seem to be too threatened by Santorum’s surprise sweep. Romney’s political director, Rich Beeson states, “Colorado and Minnesota hold caucuses with non-binding preference polls, and the Missouri primary is purely a beauty contest,” even though CNN reports that just a few days ago, “Romney’s staff was taking Minnesota very seriously.” Romney and his staff were just bitter because Santorum came away with 45 percent of Minnesota while Romney only took 17 percent.

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