September 20, 2017

Inside look at the 2012 Election – Week of Feb 6th

myelectionhelper_santorumWelcome to My Election Helper’s new Inside Edition, a weekly special where we examine the latest news on the campaign trail and election front.  As we recall, on January 31st, we had results in Florida where Mitt Romney walked away with a decisive victory.

Results for Florida Republican Primary (U.S. Presidential Primary)
Jan 31, 2012 (100% of precincts reporting)
Mitt Romney 775,014 46.4%
Newt Gingrich    533,117 31.9%
Rick Santorum    222,799 13.3%
Ron Paul 117,104 7%
Other     21,613 1.3%
Source: AP

However, this past Tuesday, February 7th, saw things get shaken up to some degree. On Tuesday evening the results came in from Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri. All three of these states went in favor of Rick Santorum, which has led to a closer playing field and closed the gap on Mitt Romney. So after this past Tuesday’s elections where does that place all of the GOP candidates?

Results for Colorado Republican Caucus (U.S. Presidential Primary)
Feb 07, 2012 (100% of precincts reporting)
Rick Santorum 26,614 40.3%
Mitt Romney 23,012 34.9%
Newt Gingrich 8,445 12.8%
Ron Paul 7,759 11.8%
Other 197 0.3%
Source: AP
Results for Minnesota Republican Caucus (U.S. Presidential Primary)
Feb 07, 2012 (100% of precincts reporting)
Rick Santorum 21,932 44.9%
Ron Paul 13,228 27.1%
Mitt Romney 8,222 16.9%
Newt Gingrich 5,272 10.8%
Other 141 0.3%
Source: AP
Results for Missouri Republican Primary (U.S. Presidential Primary)
Feb 07, 2012 (100% of precincts reporting)
Rick Santorum 138,957 55.2%
Mitt Romney 63,826 25.3%
Ron Paul 30,641 12.2%
Other 18,444 7.3%
Source: AP

In first place by a slim margin we still see Mitt Romney as the front runner, however with the victories this past Tuesday it has led to a surge from Rick Santorum as he now takes over second. In third would be Newt and behind him follows Ron Paul.

So where are the next battle grounds going to be held? The next states in line are Maine, Arizona and Michigan. Of these three states up for grabs it would be safe to say that Maine should be a tossup amongst Romney and Gingrich as they have both shown potential for this state. On to Arizona, based on geographic location and all the tough agendas going on in Arizona to this day, it would probably be safe to say the Romney camp has a better grasp on this state. Going into Michigan this area is fairly close to the Midwest and Plains and if the trends continue then Santorum and Romney may be in a heated battle for this state with Gingrich landing in third

Some issues that are rising as of late in the race have to do with the candidates stances on American wages – raising them or not – also the candidates’ religious stances are starting to gain more weight.

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