Feb 29, 2012, 12:22 pm EDT
With the Michigan and Arizona primaries now behind them, the GOP’s field of presidential aspirants sets its sights on the biggest prize to date in the 2012 race for the White House: Super Tuesday.
In the closest thing to a national primary this year, 11 states representing most of the nation’s geographic regions, will hold contests on March 6. (Washington state holds a nonbinding caucus for its 43 delegates on March 3.)
But while past Super Tuesdays have brought clarity to the nominating process, this year could yield chaos given the strong likelihood that the 466 delegates up for grabs will be divvied up among Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul. That raises the specter of a spectacle that American politics hasn’t witnessed in 60 years — a brokered convention. Read
Feb 29, 2012, 9:09 am EDT
Mitt Romney limped a little closer to the finish line yesterday, winning a sizable victory in Arizona and a tiny one in his home state of Michigan. While Romney’s success in Arizona was expected, he didn’t foresee (until about two weeks ago) that holding on to Michigan would be a so difficult. Rick Santorum’s appeal to that state’s voters should strike some fear in the heart of the party that wants to unseat Barack Obama in November.
Exit poll results expose major rifts within the GOP along religious and class lines
Although Romney has been considered the “inevitable” nominee among the GOP Establishment from the campaign’s beginning, he hasn’t been able to garner much support from a major block of the Republican Party: white evangelical voters. The exit polls in Arizona and Michigan confirmed this is still a problem for Romney. He won the votes of only 35% of white evangelicals in Michigan and 33% in Arizona. Read
Feb 28, 2012, 7:29 pm EDT
Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, announced today that she will not be seeking re-election for a fourth term.
In a statement, Snowe said that although she was still in good health, she felt Congress had become too polarized for her to remain effective in office.
“Unfortunately, I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term. So at this stage of my tenure in public service, I have concluded that I am not prepared to commit myself to an additional six years in the Senate, which is what a fourth term would entail.” Read