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Posted on 01/04/2012 2:15:47 PM PST by Jim Robinson
Well done, Rick Santorum!! A great come from behind surge and photo finish!! Had it in the bag until the last minute recount of one precinct (and surprise, surprise) just enough Romney votes were found to knock you out of first place by a whopping 8 votes. But a great victory for the base nonetheless!!
And it looks like there may be a few fewer faces in the race for New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida. Can't see Huntsman or Bachmann hanging around much longer, and Perry may also bail. Ron Paul has had his best shot. His spam monkeys will have no further impact on the race as he fades to retirement.
That leaves one liberal and two conservatives. Now that some actual votes are in the bag, it'll become more and more obvious every day that the base is not buying Romney's 11th hour conversion to pro-life conservatism and his numbers will begin falling off. Even with all the millions he spent in Iowa and with the media and the establishment GOP carrying his water, he could barely muster up 25% of the vote. The conservative base and the tea party do not want the unreliable flip-flopping Romney and we are not going to allow him to be shoved down our throats!!
No doubt he'll do ok in New Hampshire where he's concentrating his efforts, but he'll have a bit more of a struggle in conservative South Carolina and Florida. And by then I'm pretty sure we will have decided which conservative to coalesce behind for the remainder of the race and then on to defeating Obama!!
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