Super Tuesday Results Are In: Buh-Bye Obama

obama one termSuper Tuesday didn’t feel super exciting this election cycle, probably because I’m still not over Rick Perry suspending his campaign. I miss you Governor Perry! Texas is so lucky.

Anyway, results for the 10 races that occurred yesterday were fairly predictable. Ron Paul took none because he’s entirely unelectable, and Newt Gingrich took his home state of Georgia. Social conservative favorite Rick Santorum nabbed North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, which leaves Mitt Romney cleaning up in Alaska, Idaho, Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia, and Vermont.

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Two interesting points to consider when mulling over these results and what they could mean for the general election come November. The first was what happened on the ballot in Virginia, and the second is Romney’s narrow victory over Santorum in swing state Ohio.

Romney won by default in Virginia, because Santorum and Gingrich failed to meet the requirements to get on the ballot. They had to have a certain number of signatures from a certain number of counties by a certain date to qualify, and they failed. Could he have won that state if all the candidates had been on the ballot?

The other thing to contemplate is Romney’s hairsbreadth win in Ohio, a traditional swing state. Romney outspent Santorum 4 to 1 for less than a 15,000-vote victory. Will Romney have to outspend Obama to that level in a state where voters can’t make up their minds if they’re Republicans or Democrats? Will he have the coffers to do it? 

I don’t care how Romney won Virginia and Ohio, I just care that he did. And I won’t care how he defeats Obama in the general election, so long as he does it legally. I just care that he wins, because our country doesn’t need a few more trillion dollars in debt to trash solar panels or send manufacturing jobs to Finland.

It doesn’t even really matter who the delegates end up nominating at the Republican National Convention in August, because I can guarantee you that unless gas prices drop dramatically between now and November, Barack Obama will be a one-term president.

 

This post is part of a weekly conversation with our 5 Moms Matter 2012 political bloggers. To see the original question and what the other bloggers have to say, read Super Tuesday Results: The Battle Continues.

 

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