There is a gap in the programme of Republican primaries starting from now. The next elections won't take place until two weeks tomorrow: at that point, Arizona and Michigan hold full primaries where a total of 59 delegates will be decided.
Rick Santorum has to win at least one in order to maintain his momentum and, crucially, to add to his delegate totals. Don't forget, in the four nominating contests that he has won so far not a single delegate has been decided.
Given that he is out-spent and out-organised by the huge Mitt Romney machine, the triple-state victor of last Tuesday has decided to focus all his energy on one state. It's Michigan, where Romney's father was once governor.
The latest state polling suggests that he is in with a shout but fifteen days is a very long time in a contest like this. Newt Gingrich came out of his South Carolina victory in mid-January with poll leads of up to 9% for the next state in line, which was Florida. But on election day Romney won by a margin of 14.5% after spending millions of dollars on anti-Newt negative advertising.
The signs are that this will be the frontrunner's strategy in Michigan, with Santorum being the target. The big question is whether it will have the same impact.
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US presidential race update
Alan Jones talks to Paul Sheehan for an update on the US presidential race.
GOP candidate Mitt Romney went on the offense against former House Speaker Newt Gingrich Monday night, lambasting his record in Congress and his post-speakership work in Washington during a lively debate in Tampa sponsored by NBC News.
UK Daily Mail...Newt Gingrich has thrown down a gauntlet to the TV networks – either allow the audience to applaud or he won’t take part in any future debates.
The former House Speaker was furious that moderator Brian Williams told supporters at Monday’s NBC debate that they should stay quiet.
The plea effectively silenced Mr. Gingrich’s famously boisterous fans and led to an unusually muted performance by the presidential hopeful just when his campaign was gaining momentum following the runaway weekend win in South Carolina.
Less than two weeks ago, Mitt Romney had a 22-point lead in Florida, but that’s ancient history in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Following his big win in South Carolina on Saturday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich now is on top in Florida by nine.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Florida Republican Primary Voters, taken Sunday evening, finds Gingrich earning 41% of the vote with Romney in second at 32%. Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum runs third with 11%, while Texas Congressman Ron Paul attracts support from eight percent (8%). Nine percent (9%) remain undecided
The massive 13 point victory for Newt Gingrich in South Carolina overnight represents one of the most remarkable turnarounds ever seen. It makes a mockery of the polling only a few days before the election and shows the incredible power of momentum in primary campaigns.
It re-shapes the fight for the GOP nomination and puts big question marks over Mitt Romney’s apparently inevitable victory.
It also means it is two out of two for Sarah Palin.
A few days before Iowa she made a point of singling Rick Santorum who went on to a victory far exceeding any of his poll ratings.Two days before this latest election she said that if she was a South Carolinan her vote would go to Newt whose performance far exceeded the polling.
In both cases, I’d suggest, her backing was a good indicator to evangelical and tea party voters in the two states how best to use their votes and judging by the Santorum and Gingrich surges many of them followed her advice.