Will Super Tuesday See Romney Rise And Not-Romney’s Drop Out?

Will Romney win big? Will Santorum win big? Will Newt win Georgia? Will Ron Paul win the militia vote and still be irrelevant? Will any contenders drop out? Questions to be answered by the end of the day

(Daily Caller) It’s Super Tuesday, which means today is the busiest day yet of the 2012 Republican race for president with 419 delegates up for grabs in 10 states across the country.

A Romney victory over Santorum in Ohio would contribute to the growing notion that the former Massachusetts governor is becoming the inevitable nominee. His advisers are exuding confidence that Tuesday will be a good day.

Depends on the margin of victory.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is counting on a must-win in the Peach State, whose 76 delegates are the most at stake of all the states, to keep his campaign alive. Gingrich also needs strong finishes in Tennessee and Oklahoma to stay competitive.

“Let’s be clear: I have to win Georgia, I think, to be credible in the race,” Gingrich told the Marietta Daily Journal.

If he doesn’t, will this be the end of Newt? Or will he stick around to be a spoiler, to game the system, much in the way Ron Paul has?

The other candidate in the race, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, has not yet won a state in the 2012 contest. But he’s hoping to pull off wins in Idaho, North Dakota and Alaska. All three states hold caucuses – contests at which Paul’s avid supporters excel.

I’m sure he can count on the far, far, far right militia vote, based on his newsletters….OK, cheap shot. Why is Paul still in this race? He has no chance of winning, he adds little to the debate, heck, most aren’t even bothering to make fun of him anymore, meaning he is mostly ignored. I know I’m upsetting Paul supporters, but, realistically, all Paul can do is create a minor kerfuffle with his few delegates come convention time.

Politico has 10 things to watch, which includes who wins Ohio, what is Romney’s margin of victory, can Gingrich place 2nd anywhere, where do the Catholic and Evangelic votes go, and, how do women vote? A poll by the Washington Times of GOP primary voters suggests that there are many who think the contraception debate is a loser.

Their fight with President Obama over contraceptive coverage is becoming a losing battle for Republicans, a significant chunk of whom reject GOP leaders’ stance that it’s a fight about religious liberty, according to the latest Washington Times/JZ Analytics poll.

A fact that should thrill liberals is that 30.2% of the respondents think the issue of the contraception mandate is more about women’s health than about religious freedom. Unfortunately, the GOP was not able to get the message out, they allowed the media and Democrats (but, I repeat myself) to frame the narrative, and, let’s face it, the Rush Limbaugh kerfuffle derailed the efforts. Which is why most of the candidates have focused on the economy and energy prices. It also shows that even Republicans have been brainwashed by the “I’m entitled” society.

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