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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.

Comments

  • Anonymous

    See my completely accurate post earlier was deleted. The delegate race is mostly predictions at this point. Obviously Romney is in the lead, but Paul will likely be second. Reports from the Minnesota and Nevada caucuses show complete Paul domination. Will likely be the same in Iowa, Maine, etc… we’ll see how it pans out soon but the county conventions are interesting so far.

    • Anonymous

       http://www.lvrj.com/news/heller-unites-clark-county-gop-convention-with-shots-at-berkley-obama-142194615.html Article on the Clark County delegate meeting. Dominated by Paul supporters, plan is to dominate the state as well and then unbind the delegates.

    • David Kaiser, Editor

      So my saying he trails in delegate race is wrong? I didn’t say who he trailed, I said he trailed, and you can’t argue the fact he’s dead last in the popular vote.

      Honestly, if a candidate wins delegates at a greater proportion than their popular vote, I don’t want any part of that candidate, and it is a disgrace if you do.

      • Anonymous

         No, it’s a disgrace that ignorant supporters don’t get involved in the delegate process the way they are supposed to. Sorry that supporters of other candidates are lazy.

        • David Kaiser, Editor

          I don’t disagree with that Rob, but don’t get on me for that. I understand where you’re coming from, and despite what you may think, I completely understand how the delegate process works. I just think you overestimate how unfaithful to the popular vote the conventions will be.

          I know the estimates are out of thin air, I just don’t believe they are as wrong as you think they are.

          That’s all.

          • Anonymous

            Besides, the state GOP won’t let it happen.  I refer once again to Nevada 2008.  They stopped the state convention when they realized that the delegates were going to vote for Ron Paul and reconvened in secret to make sure McCain won.
            It’s tactics like this that make me say the fix is in, and probably has been from the beginning.

    • David Kaiser, Editor

      And I know we’ve had a difficult history, but I’ve tried to respect you of late, so I’d appreciate if you’d do the same.

  • Anonymous

    See my completely accurate post earlier was deleted. The delegate race is mostly predictions at this point. Obviously Romney is in the lead, but Paul will likely be second. Reports from the Minnesota and Nevada caucuses show complete Paul domination. Will likely be the same in Iowa, Maine, etc… we’ll see how it pans out soon but the county conventions are interesting so far.

    • Anonymous

       http://www.lvrj.com/news/heller-unites-clark-county-gop-convention-with-shots-at-berkley-obama-142194615.html Article on the Clark County delegate meeting. Dominated by Paul supporters, plan is to dominate the state as well and then unbind the delegates.

    • David Kaiser, Editor

      So my saying he trails in delegate race is wrong? I didn’t say who he trailed, I said he trailed, and you can’t argue the fact he’s dead last in the popular vote.

      Honestly, if a candidate wins delegates at a greater proportion than their popular vote, I don’t want any part of that candidate, and it is a disgrace if you do.

      • Anonymous

         No, it’s a disgrace that ignorant supporters don’t get involved in the delegate process the way they are supposed to. Sorry that supporters of other candidates are lazy.

        • David Kaiser, Editor

          I don’t disagree with that Rob, but don’t get on me for that. I understand where you’re coming from, and despite what you may think, I completely understand how the delegate process works. I just think you overestimate how unfaithful to the popular vote the conventions will be.

          I know the estimates are out of thin air, I just don’t believe they are as wrong as you think they are.

          That’s all.

          • Anonymous

            Besides, the state GOP won’t let it happen.  I refer once again to Nevada 2008.  They stopped the state convention when they realized that the delegates were going to vote for Ron Paul and reconvened in secret to make sure McCain won.
            It’s tactics like this that make me say the fix is in, and probably has been from the beginning.

    • David Kaiser, Editor

      And I know we’ve had a difficult history, but I’ve tried to respect you of late, so I’d appreciate if you’d do the same.

  • Anonymous

    Not looking much like a horse race any longer.

    Politicians are like athletes, they are the last to recognize when it is time to hang it up. The roaring crowds, signs with your name on them, and the media train that follows them around has to be a huge ego boost, I imagine. It is only when the money runs out does reality set in for both athletes and politicians.

    I heard two days ago that the Santorum and Newt media flock has been reduced by the major networks. Media outlets are starting to pull back their resources and their expenses on the ABR candidates. The media is still pretending this thing to be in question but their allocation of money and resources is telling a much different story behind the scenes.

    The Morning Line favorite has pulled out a victory.

  • Anonymous

    Not looking much like a horse race any longer.

    Politicians are like athletes, they are the last to recognize when it is time to hang it up. The roaring crowds, signs with your name on them, and the media train that follows them around has to be a huge ego boost, I imagine. It is only when the money runs out does reality set in for both athletes and politicians.

    I heard two days ago that the Santorum and Newt media flock has been reduced by the major networks. Media outlets are starting to pull back their resources and their expenses on the ABR candidates. The media is still pretending this thing to be in question but their allocation of money and resources is telling a much different story behind the scenes.

    The Morning Line favorite has pulled out a victory.