GOP Candidates Hoping For Strong Southern Showing


After Super Tuesday failed to strengthen Mitt Romney as the GOP frontrunner, candidates are looking to Southern states to hopefully bring clarity to an increasingly muddled primary.

Romney, who struggled in the South in 2008, is hoping for a strong showing at Tuesday's Alabama and Mississippi primaries, to show he can win over evangelical voters. Republicans surveyed by a CBS/New York Times poll say Romney is the likely nominee, but political analysts say his limited appeal among certain demographics remains an Achilles heel.

Newt Gingrich, who has pinned his presidential hopes on Southern voters, hopes victories in both states will energize his campaign.

Rick Santorum says results from this week's primaries could lead to a two-man race if Gingrich doesn't do well. Santorum's camp says that Gingrich is dividing the conservative vote with Santorum, allowing Romney to win states he otherwise would have lost.

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  • by Nero on Mar 12, 2012 at 09:14 AM
    In Alabama 45% believe Obama is Muslim, and in Mississippi it 52%. In those states almost 70% don't believe in evolution. It's GOP heaven.
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      by Disgusted on Mar 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM in reply to Nero
      The majority of Republicans should be committed to mental institutions.
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        by LedHed on Mar 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM in reply to Disgusted
        Where they would still be more lucid and sensible than the Libs that suggest such things...
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Mar 12, 2012 at 07:49 AM
    Primaries are virtually meaningless, except for the propaganda value. Just as in 1980, it's all going to come down to what happens at the convention. In 1980, Reagan upset the establishment apple cart by beating out their pick, G.H.W. Bush. Back room dealing got Bush the number 2 spot on the ticket and if you remember, less than 2 months into office, Bush almost became POTUS when Reagan was almost killed. I still view that event with suspicion. I've been saying we really don't decide who our leaders will be and now Bob Livingston says the same.
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