The Absolute Latest: Santorum wins Alabama and Mississippi.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum continues to extend the Republican primary season…much to the dismay of the presumed frontrunner, Mitt Romney.

Following a decent performance on Super Tuesday, Romney failed to prove that he has any conservative credentials with voters in the Deep South last night. Romney’s professed love of “cheesy grits” and his prideful embrace of Southern vernacular has been rejected. Tuesday night, Santorum capitalized on Romney’s inability to connect with Southern voters; in doing so, he increased his delegate count, thus increasing the possibility of a brokered convention in Tampa. Although it was close 3-way race in Alabama and Mississippi, Romney finished third in both states. Romney, who was at a fundraiser in New York City, released a written statement which contained the following;

“With the delegates won tonight, we are even closer to the nomination. Ann and I would like to thank the people of Alabama and Mississippi. Because of their support, our campaign is on the move and ready to take on President Obama in the fall.” 

Because he won the Hawaii and American Samoa Caucuses overnight, Romney is indeed closer to the nomination, but there is a long road ahead. Neither Santorum or Gingrich plan on dropping out anytime soon. Although there are calls for him to leave the race, Gingrich, who placed 2nd in both Alabama and Mississippi, vows to fight until the Republican Convention. “I believe after the primaries are over, that the so-called front-runner won’t get to the nomination and we’ll be in a whole new conversation.”, Gingrich said.

1144 delegates are needed to secure the nomination, and Santorum is Romney’s biggest obstacle to achieving that.

PP Bottom Line:

So far, Romney is leading the delegate count with 495 to Santorum’s 252. With this in mind, one has to wonder if Romney needs a new “Southern Strategy” in order to secure more southern votes. Moderate voters seem to be exiting the party, so the conservative base will determine who faces Barack Obama in the general election. Most of the base resides in the Deep South, and they WILL vote their values. The notion that conservatives will automatically vote Romney because he is the “most electable” candidate, is absolute gibberish. It is true that beating President Obama is the main priority of Republicans, but the heart of the party will not vote for someone who they don’t relate to, or someone who they feel isn’t a “true conservative”. Romney’s pitiful pandering in the South last week was very transparent, and it backfired in a major way. If Romney is indeed the eventual nominee, he has to find a way to connect to the base of his party because support from the GOP establishment will not be enough. If he doesn’t start closing the enthusiasm gap between him and Santorum soon, his candidacy will be doomed..even if he does secure the nomination.

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