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BLITZER'S BLOG: The race that goes on and on and on
February 29th, 2012
03:46 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: The race that goes on and on and on

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

(CNN) – Mitt Romney may have won the most votes in Michigan and Arizona, but this race for the Republican presidential nomination is not over yet.

With Super Tuesday’s 10 contests only days away, the race could keep on going and going.

That’s because a whole bunch of polls show Rick Santorum leading in Ohio and Tennessee, and Newt Gingrich leading in his home state of Georgia.

If Gingrich were to lose Georgia, his campaign would almost certainly come to a sudden halt.

Romney is almost certain to win in Virginia; only he and Ron Paul are on the ballot. Gingrich and Santorum failed to get the necessary signatures.

Romney is also way ahead in Massachusetts (where he served as governor) and neighboring Vermont.

I don’t know what will happen in Alaska, Idaho, North Dakota and Oklahoma.

In short, this wild ride will continue.

And what’s also clear is that many millions of dollars will be spent in the coming days on attack ads. The campaigns and the supposedly unaffiliated super PACs will saturate the media markets in several of these Super Tuesday states, especially Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia and Oklahoma.

In the world of politics, money may not be decisive but it still talks loudly and shapes elections.

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  1. Perk

    Ron Paul's predictions come true.....!! That's the one that needs to win and he's in there fighting for our freedoms and liberty. Good job Ron Paul and glad I researched him and listened and he's the real deal for truth and solutions.Not picking a party but pick a president and he'd make a great one.

    March 6, 2012 at 11:56 am |
  2. Nkululeko

    Romney & Santorum are neck to neck in Ihio I'd not supprised if the delegates are shared in Ihio because that seems to happen when Rick Santorum is winning the state.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:33 am |
  3. Griff

    "I don't care how often Romney stumbles, just so long as he doesn't break a leg. Yes the race goes on, and with so many fences yet to jump, he can remount and still finish with furlongs in hand. I just watched the Secretariat DVD last evening, he also had his problems befolre winning the Triple (Belmont) by 32 lengths: Or was it more?"

    March 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  4. Griff

    "All this sourness is not going to help Sanatorium with the Delgates, it can only turn them against him everytime he gets like this.
    Quote: Michigan results provoke accusations, ire

    Posted by
    CNN Political Researcher/Producer Adam Levy

    (CNN) – Rick Santorum's campaign accused Mitt Romney of "political thuggery" Thursday after the Michigan Republican Party announced it was awarding two at-large delegates to the former Massachusetts governor.

    The decision by the state party means that Romney won 16 delegates Tuesday night and Santorum was awarded the remaining 14 of the 30 delegates up for grabs in the primary. Media outlets, including CNN, previously estimated the count as a 15-15 tie between the candidates. Unquote

    March 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  5. Griff

    "All those unemployed know the truth, so all those lies coming out of Obama's mouth, cannot be unheard. All those folks who can't afford to pay their morgage because they're on short-time indjustry, also know the real truth The DOW has nothing to do with employment in the USA most of the time. It's overseas trade that investors use, and not what Obama keeps talking about."

    March 1, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  6. Katty

    Whoever suggested and implemented the RNC rules nominating Rep Candidates needs to be taken out behind the barn and banned from any further input.
    What is happening is not only bad for the Candidates but is frighteningly upsetting for those of us that take our politics seriously. Not sure how much more I can stand...I am thoroughly disgusted and sincerely hope Santorum falls on his sword soon, or someone helps him to do so, and leaves us alone....gees.

    March 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  7. Griff

    "Yes, Wolfe. When Sanatorium (the guy who feels he won on Tues) loses again next week, and the funds stop coming in; will realise just how much of a loser he is."

    March 1, 2012 at 11:56 am |
  8. joshua

    we spend so much time nit picking the republican primary that we aren't paying attention to how bad it has gotten to even exist in this country. the democrats have destroyed our economy when they had a chance to fix it. gas prices are up 60% over where they were just two years ago. at the same time, obama's quantitative easing has reduced the buying power of the actual dollars we get paid. so that 60% really feels more like 75%. food prices are up 25%. we slam the republicans while obama takes us back to the days of jimmy carter and our obama water boys in the main stream media only care about shoving more of this stuff down our throats by helping obama get re-elected. at some point, the main stream media had better start caring about the health and well being of the average american and less about helping their poster child in the white house.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:58 am |
  9. Jim Thomas

    There is going to be a dark horse knock the hot shots out.We need the best our country can get.Jim Thomas Phx.Az.

    February 29, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
  10. Mani

    Oh God, Please save America from Santorum.

    February 29, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
  11. Doug Ericson

    If the big States that are left after Super Tuesday award delagates proportionally, Mitt romney may not get enough delegates to clinch the Nomination. Then there would be the possibility that the convention would become Gridlocked and no Candidate is Nominated. Then a bunch of them run as Independents in the Finals, and no one including Obama gets enough electoral votes to get elected President. Congress decides Joe Biden is President because he was next in line. No one can go to work anymore becuase they are laughing so hard and the North Korean President takes over and orders everyone to be serious. By 2016 the entire population is wiped out by hunger and disease. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    February 29, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
  12. pettytom

    It is too bad that every politician including Obama only run against what the others are not. Tell us what kind of person you are. Stop telling us what kind of person the other candidates are not. Tell us your plan, stop telling us why someone else's plan sucks.

    I wish the election season was shortened to 3 months.

    February 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
  13. ernie

    It becomes more and more evident that in the USA (the so-called posterchild of freedom) the president is elected by the mass media and the establishment rather than the people. How can anyone say that the USA is exporting democracy when they truly dont give all candidates an equal opportunity and when the candidate is winning, the election is manipulated. It is the job of the media to showcase all candidates to the public so "WE THE PEOPLE" can make the decision. Its time to give DR Paul his due!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 29, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
  14. dgh629

    I guess everyone has forgotten the long race with Hillary Clinton................

    February 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
  15. us1776

    See you in 2016, GOP.

    That is if you're still around.


    February 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
  16. educator36

    Seriously folks, with the weakest president in decades running for re-election, the Republican Party is setting itself up for an Obama landslide with the Palinization of the GOP.

    February 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • Sam

      If Romney gets the nomination it should be a close General Election.

      February 29, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
      • DFW

        That's looking more & more like a pretty big if...

        February 29, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
  17. Jane

    Why no coverage by much of the media about President Obama's plan to massively increase the health insurance premiums for our military and their families, while not increasing the cost to unionized civilian employees of the military? this would be a big story if George Bush had proposed this, so why the silence when Mr. Obama actually wants to do it?

    February 29, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • BillInLA

      What Jane is not telling you:
      A. That "massive" increase is from $460 PER YEAR FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR to $520.
      B. If treated at a military hospital, that is the total sum of all costs the military family has to pay. Zero deductibles, zero copays.
      C. If treated outside the military network, the cost is $12 per office visit. $30 for an emergency room visit. Wow, that's a backbreaker!
      D. Thanks to George Bush's wars the cost of funding this system went from $19 billion a year in 2001 to a projected $63 billion a year in 2015.
      E. The payer - the federal government - is broke. 46 million Americans have no health coverage of any kind.
      F. Military retirees who opt for Tricare for Life (65 and older) end up paying only for Medicare Part B. The supplemental coverage is FREE. When I go on Medicare (starting tomorrow), mine will be a paltry $160 a month for the supplemental insurance part of my Medicare costs, but $160 is $160 more than zero.

      I had to abandon my own health insurance because it cost $1,100 a MONTH with a $2,500 annual deductible PLUS bigger copays than yours for EVERY MEDICAL EVERYTHING.

      June,the country is broke. I am out of a job. I start Medicare tomorrow at nearly $300 a month for coverage equivalent to Tricare Prime. That is a system I paid into for 45 YEARS in the workforce. And I think there should be means testing and a graduated scale for my insurance.

      And yet you are sniping at Presdent Obama for a military budget that deals with the profligate spending of the Bush Administration on two massive wars.

      Wake up, June. George Bush did this to you.

      February 29, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
  18. Oliver El Paso, TX

    Wolf as long as you cover this pain full GOP race it will continue day after day after.

    February 29, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  19. Texas Doc

    The longer is goes the better it gets! Obama in a landslide 2012.

    February 29, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  20. Church

    PLeeease – do some research before you vote for any of these Repugnant criminals.
    Ron Paul might be a bit of an extremist, but he is the only one who can help us recover from the Bush, Cheney fiasco.
    Obama's solutions will take at least a decade to get us back to the Clinton Years of Prosperity For All.

    I think we have learned that the American election process is a big JOKE!
    MONEY is the deciding factor.
    There is no choice among these myopic fools.
    I can understand why so many Republicans are not happy.
    I could, maybe, support Ron Paul as president if he had a Democratic House and Senate to curb some of his desire to abandon those unable to help themselves.

    February 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  21. logic n LA

    The race should go on. at some point we will finally get to know the real candidates in this primary. so far, we've seen how they can lie, how they can mislead and who is the most ill-informed. Now I'm hoping we can see who might actually bring something to the table. Right now with all his faults, thats Newt! god help us!

    February 29, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  22. Lisa in No Calif

    There is talk of California having a say in this race, and we don't vote until June. What will be the factor in this race could be anybody's guess. The country is facing many woes and all these men can only spend their time bashing the other guy. Still need plans from all of them on what they can do for our country. Obama is a very good President and he will get my vote in November.

    February 29, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • Sam

      Texas neither. We vote on May 29th.

      February 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
  23. Orchid333

    I'm in Idaho and all I can say is when the three candidates made stops here, Ron Paul had the biggest crowds and the most support. I'd like to see Idaho give Ron Paul his first win.

    February 29, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • Janice Nelson

      Ron Paul brings in the big crowds.. like 4,000 at MSU but the media will never let you know that. With all the voter fraud going on an honest man isn't allowed to be heard... it is all an illusion to think we have free and fair elections...... people are directed and manipulated in to believing what is true and what is not....have you ever asked yourself why they ( media owned by the establishment) do not want you to know about Ron Paul and the huge crowds he speak to and the words and ideas that he shares that ignites the young and old alike? Is it he a threat to them and the way things they want to continue..... for the interest of the establishment instead of the people... they are willing to lie and cheat to keep him down... they have more to lose if Ron Paul became President than the average US Citizen .... ,in reality the People would get their country back... the military supports him, economist say he is the only one that has a plan that will help save this country,,,,,,,that is why you are not allowed to hear about Ron Paul....

      February 29, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
  24. vic , nashville ,tn

    Wolf I like this race Now media pundits are using new word “ Romney voters” who are they ? They are rich

    February 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  25. Jim in San Mateo

    Seems that the most certain method to spend our way out of a recession is to have an election.

    February 29, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  26. Kevin

    It's so frustrating and disheartening that the media continues to undermine Ron Paul and his support. You people are a joke

    February 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • Sam

      What support? He has lost every primary and caucus.

      February 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm |

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