Mitt's Front-Runnin', Y'all!
Mitt Romney is the clear front-runner heading into Super Tuesday after owning Rick Santorum is the Michigan and Arizona primaries.
Reeling after a 3 state loss to Rick Santorum, Romney regained top dog status after repelling a strong effort by Santorum. A loss in Michigan would have slit the throat of the Romney campaign, as MI is one of several states Romeny claims as his home. Romney did live there 47 years ago.
The race was marred by dirty tricks as Santorum tried to inflict a devastating loss in MI. The candidates even sunk to begging MI Democrats to cross party lines and inflict a crippling vote.
Arizona went for Romney, even though Romney's AZ campaign manager (an AZ sheriff) was forced to resign after being charged with extorting sodomy from an illegal alien. Santorum lost by less in Michigan than in Arizona, but he still lost.
Ron Paul and especially Newt Gingrich were both trounced in each state, and can only hope for a miracle, a plane crash, or a series of incidents where Romney and Santorum are caught molesting Cub Scouts.
Here are the numbers:
Romney has 165 delegates, Santorum has 44, Gingrich has 38, and Paul has 27. 1144 delegates are needed to secure the nomination.
Our next action is Washington (state) on March 3rd, and then Super Tuesday on March 6th. Super Tuesday features primaries in Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and right here in Massachusetts. 400 delegates will be decided then, and the race could be over by Super Wednesday.
We'll start intense Massachusetts primary coverage soon, unless I end up in the hospital again.