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Santorum got Alabama's slice of the GOP pie, but in the end will he get the whole shebang

Posted Mar 16 2012 8:50am
GOP candidate Rick Santorum is singing “Dixie” after winning Alabama’s primary this week. He has consistently done better than his polls predicted in every election so far, says Larry Powell, Ph.D. political expert.

Why? Santorum has a strong, well-run organization behind him, Powell says, and they are gaining ground.

But, fellow candidate Mitt Romney will still likely prevail and get the GOP nomination, Powell says.
Romney is the more moderate candidate which has broader appeal, Powell says. And, the GOP has a history of supporting the previous close-runner from the past election, he says.

Republicans rallied behind Sen. John McCain in the election after he lost the nomination to Pres. George W. Bush. And, since McCain got the nomination in the last election cycle, it’s Romney’s time to get some GOP love, Powell says.

And, as for Newt Gingrich , he is effectively out of the running, Powell says. But, he will likely stay in the race to be a spoiler. If that is the case, when the convention comes, “there is no telling what could happen,” says Powell.

When all is said and done, though, Romney likely won’t unseat Pres. Obama, Powell says.

“He doesn’t have a strong enough following,” he says. “The potentially best GOP candidates chose not to run. That left a weak field and explains why it has been so close.”

In the meantime, Obama is probably going to sit back and watch the GOP'ers keep fighting as long as possible, Powell says.
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