Few surprises came out of Super Tuesday. GOP primary voters in each state continued to pull the lever for big government Republicans. The big news is that Mitt Romney won Ohio, a must if he is to have any chance for a win against Barack Obama in November. Ron Paul struck out on Super Tuesday, indicating GOP voters are ready for a return to the Bush-era policies of preemptive war, expansions of “compassionate” government, and borrowing from China to pay for it all.
According to CNN, Mitt Romney has accumulated more delegates than all other candidates combined. But the next set of primaries may be hard on the former governor. Primaries in Kansas, Alabama, Mississippi and Missouri will all test Romney’s appeal among more conservative GOP primary voters. Newt Gingrich has a “Southern” strategy—an attempt to repeat his victory in Georgia. Surely Rick Santorum is confident about these more conservative states after his wins in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and North Dakota yesterday.
The GOP primary is turning into trench warfare. The way the race is going, whoever wins could face Barack Obama as either a battle-hardened warrior or as a wounded soldier with little fight left in him.