Welcome to the latest edition of PoliticalDerby.com's 2012 Power Rankings, the original tracking service of the race for the White House. The rankings are updated as circumstances warrant and are compiled by our Editors using wire reports, polls, campaign staffer scuttlebutt and confidential tips. The rankings may not be reprinted or quoted in any form without attribution to PoliticalDerby.com.

The GOP Horses
Power Ranking The Horse Momentum The Tip Sheet
Romney

Mitt
Romney

Mitt’s campaign has had more rapid ups and downs than a Shake Weight commercial. He won the majority of the states and popular vote on Super Tuesday and he won the most competitive race in Ohio. His reward? A chorus of “He can’t win” from candidates who win less often.

Santorum Rick
Santorum

Rick has another chance to slow Romney’s inevitability argument in the next slate of races: Kansas, Alabama and Mississippi. He probably needs to win all three to make his case and the latest polling in Alabama shows a very tight, neck and neck (or v-neck and sweater vest) race.

Gingrich Newt
Gingrich

Newt won Georgia, as expected, but did poorly in Tennessee and Oklahoma. In related news, Gingrich recently fell asleep on camera at the AIPAC Conference. It’s only fair, he’s been putting viewers to sleep with his election night speeches for months.

Paul

Ron
Paul

Ron is leaking oil — badly. He’s trailing the delegate race, he has the least number of popular votes, and his campaign-affiliated Super PAC is looking to scale back funding. The good news is that he’s won the same number of states as Pawlenty, Huntsman, Cain, Perry and Bachmann — combined.

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