Seeing the results from the Republican Primaries in Alabama and Mississippi, it is obvious now that the nomination is a race between two candidates, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. That Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul remain in the race is a distraction, and only further divides an already divided party.
Not that Republicans are noted for running smart campaigns, but if both Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul dropped now, it is likely Gingrich would get behind Santorum and release his delegates to back Santorum. That would bring the projected delegate count to within 100 between Romney and Santorum.
Ron Paul’s 47 projected delegates would further close it, but let’s face it, Ron Paul supporters will stick to him, even if it means Obama is reelected.
Santorum and Romney have been showing strength in the primaries and caucuses with Romney carry 14 states and Santorum 10 including Alabama and Mississippi, Hawaii results not in at the time of this posting.
Newt Gingrich has won 2 state while Ron Paul once again, has not won a single state, often coming in dead last or close to it as he did today in Alabama and Mississippi with a 5% and 4.4% showing respectively.
ABC is reporting that the Libertarian Party is extending an invitation to Ron Paul to be the Libertarian candidate, as he was in the 1988 election, garnering less than one half of one percent of the popular vote.
Dropping out of his 2008 bid, Ron Paul urged his supporters to reject both the Republican and Democrat party candidates and vote for Ralph Nader, Chuck Baldwin or Cynthia McKinney, all 3 who did not stand a snowballs chance.
Mitt Romney remains the front leader so far, but does not draw favor with many conservatives. Rick Santorum doesn’t draw much favor with Moderates. Newt Gingrich receives more of his support from conservatives and if his supporters switched and supported Santorum, this could easily become a drag race, if Santorum can continue closing the gap.
We are about half way through the primaries and caucuses and I believe with only the two candidates left, Romney and Santorum, either one would stand a decent chance of getting the nomination.
Although many Ron Paul supporters have vowed to sabotage who ever received the nomination, other than Ron Paul, I really don’t believe his support is that strong to make much of a difference.
But let’s face it, Ron Paul still doesn’t stand a chance nor does Newt Gingrich.
How Ron Paul supporters think their “strategy” of gaining the majority of delegates will force him onto the ticket and see him sitting in the Oval Office escapes me.
Hate to say it as they surely won’t believe it, but the country is rejecting Ron Paul and his ideas for the third time.
While doubtful he will drop out, Newt Gingrich is smart enough to read the writing on the wall.
It’s time for the bottom two to drop out and let the top two, Romney and Santorum duke it out.
Let’s see who the country favors more and get behind that candidate, or see 4 more years of Barack Obama destroying the country.