Today there are three States having primaries or caucuses. Thought I'd create a thread to discuss them and the results later tonight.
Also, I thought it would be a good idea to show the latest polling at what people should expect out of these states today.
Minnesota Republican Presidential Caucus
This is a non-binding open caucus with 40 delegates at stake. Caucuses start at 7pm CST
The current polling has Santorum out in front, followed by Romney, then Gingrich and then Paul. But it appears to be a very close race.
Colorado Republican Presidential Caucus
This is a non-binding closed caucus with 36 delegates at stake. Caucuses start at 7pm Mountain Time.
The current polling has Romney out in front by 10-14 points, followed by Santorum, then Gingrich and then Paul.
Missouri 2012 Presidential Preference Primary
This is a non-binding primary with 0 delegates at stake. Missouri will have a caucus on March 17th to award delegates. This is being called the
Presidential "beauty contest" because the results mean nothing at all...it is really just a straw poll. Gingrich is not on the ballot in Missouri, so
it will be interesting to see how the vote gets split up.
The current polling has Santorum out front with 45%, Romney with 32%, and Paul with 19%.
I'm sure it will be another late night waiting for votes to come in. But the big story today is Santorum...it looks like he could have a very big
night. With the lead in Minnesota and Missouri...he is set to take 2 out of the 3 contests. If he can pull an upset in Colorado and sweep all
three...the race will once again change.
Romney needs to hold onto Colorado and hold onto second in Minnesota. Since Missouri isn't awarding anything, it shouldn't hurt Romney much losing
Gingrich just seems like a non-factor today. He will probably take 2nd or 3rd in all three contests...but I don't think anyone is giving him much of
a chance to actually win anywhere. The biggest story about Gingrich is that he isn't on the ballot in MO, so we get to se where his votes split out
Paul is polling in last place in all three contests today. His best chance for a good showing is in Minnesota. It is a caucus and it is open to
everyone...both are positives for Paul. However, if he comes in last place in all 3 contests...where does he go from there? I think Paul needs to
take at least 2nd in Minnesota to still be viewed as a somewhat serious candidate.
So that is what we have to look forward to today...it should be fun.
edit on 7-2-2012 by OutKast Searcher because: (no reason given)