... Then The White House
By Joel Joseph
The first two Presidential primaries of 2012 show this race is over. Iowa and New Hampshire handed Mitt Romney two records. Not only did Romney pull off the closest primary win in the history of Iowa, but also he won both Iowa and New Hampshire—a first in primary history.
Talk of Romney suffering from evangelicals votes in Iowa has proved rumor. An estimated 70% of Iowa republicans label themselves evangelicals, yet Romney and Huntsman (Mormons) and Santorum and Gingrich (Catholics) took two-thirds of the vote. Evangelicals Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann, however, took about 15%. Seemingly, evangelicals refusing to vote for a Mormon is a distant thought of the past.
Along with Mitt Romney’s win, Rick Santorum’s second place finish, in Iowa, gave him $1 million in donations the next day. The sudden Santorum-rise, however, plateaued with a fourth place finish in NH. Looks like Santorum’s well-timed entrance into this race falls short of keeping him in it.
Ron Paul’s third place finish in Iowa and a second place finish in New Hampshire show that while his support may be huge in the country, he can’t take states.
After Mitt Romney’s landslide win in New Hampshire it seems that he has only two more steps, known as South Carolina and Florida, away from the grand prize: the Republican nomination.
And the sooner the better.
In a center-right country it seems that Mitt Romney is the perfect option, of those available, to take on President Obama and, most importantly, win.