Romney vs. Santorum: A Battle To The Death, Or At Least The Nomination

Jackson F.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, another surprise has rocked the GOP primary.  Brace yourself, one of the two favorite nominees won Michigan and Arizona.  This is a shocker!  In summary, the two primaries went just as planned.

Sorry for that diatribe, but what I am trying to get through is that the big surprise is that there was no surprise last Tuesday. This GOP primary has been a rocky ride with surprises springing from everywhere.  But last Tuesday, Mr. Mitt Romney won both Michigan and Arizona’s primaries ahead of Rick Santorum.  Although Michigan came down to the only a few percentage points, Romney did win.

Michigan’s primary was the most important so far; this was Mitt Romney’s make or break moment.  Why?  Well, Romney was born in this state and grew up in it.  In addition, his father was a very popular governor there.  Losing this state would have put serious doubts in Romney’s campaign, if he can’t win over “his” people who can he win over?  For Santorum this is an opportunity lost, a huge opportunity lost.  He could have almost put the last nail in the coffin for the Romney campaign and prove to sponsors that he can win successively.  Santorum has momentum but just not enough money to keep it up.  But as dramatic as that sounds, Santorum is still a lurking threat.  He still has tons of support throughout the party.  Trust me, he is not through yet…

But what does Romney get out of Michigan, well the final nail has not been struck and he has proved to sponsors he can beat Santorum, this just after Santorum’s smashing three state win a few weeks ago.  This had given Romney another chance. And it does not hurt that he picked up a few more electoral votes in both Arizona and Michigan.  Santorum also picked up some votes in Michigan, since their votes go by county.

But why did Romney win?  Well, first of all it was close race in Michigan.  Romney only won by 4%.  So keeping that in mind, Romney won because of two things.  Number one is cash, and lots of it.  Romney has much more money than Santorum; Romney outspends him by millions so he can put out mass commercials.  He, in essence, kind of bought the election.  But Santorum did not help himself at all.  He shot himself in the foot by focusing on social issues and taking a radical view on them. Just as an example, he declared Obama a snob for wanting everyone to go to college.  Excuse me Mr. Santorum, but isn’t that what every parent wants for their child, so he or she can get a good job and succeed in life?  Although that might not be everyone’s opinion, (and for some it works not to go to college) it’s still not the right move. And really Rick, how could you have done this to yourself?

In conclusion, Santorum still has a lot of life left in him and this primary is still far from over. Doubts still remain about Romney.  And most importantly, the nomination is still up for grabs.

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