This last Saturday former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum won decisively in the Kansas Caucus, garnering the lion’s share of the 40 delegates at stake while frontrunner Mitt Romney prevailed in Wyoming, taking 7 of 12 delegates in play with another 14 at-large delegates to be chosen later in April.
The Republican primary fight now moves to Alabama and Mississippi this Tuesday. A Rasmussen poll of likely voters released this week shows Mitt Romney at 35% and Rick Santorum tied with Newt Gingrich at 27% in Mississippi.
In Alabama, polls shows Newt Gingrich ahead of Rick Santorum 30% to 29% with Romney in a close third at 28%.
At present, Romney holds a comfortable lead in the delegate count but the attack ads that afforded Mitt Romney his front-runner status has produced a troubling outlook for the days ahead.
And while the 2012 presidential election is still winnable for the GOP, this problem has been exacerbated by the former Massachusetts governor’s negative campaigning, which has transformed a lack of enthusiasm towards his candidacy into blatant hostility.
The subject of Mitt Romney’s campaign style became an issue on the Laura Ingraham Show this Thursday when the radio host interviewed the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol on Jackson, Mississippi’s WJNT 1180 am regarding the Keystone State native Rick Santorum’s efforts to compete with the GOP front runner.
“…It’s hard for Santorum to get to 1,144 [delegates] but it’s not impossible for Santorum to catch Romney and both of them to go into the convention 100, 150 short.” Kristol said.
“Santorum would have to do better than he’s done so far. He would have to start outperforming Romney instead of being – you know – a close second to Romney in states like Michigan and Ohio. But it wouldn’t be a wild stretch. You know it’s a one in five, one in six chance, but it’s not a 1 in 100 chance.” Kristol concluded.