If you are anything like us, you are wondering what in the world is going on with the Republican Presidential Nomination process. Just a few days ago, we learned that Rick Santorum won the Iowa Caucus. As far as we know, Mitt Romney still won New Hampshire and now, we know that Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina primary. It seems like every time conventional wisdom concludes that Mitt Romney will be the nominee something happens to change that.
Really though, if you think about it, we should have expected these results. It may simply be that Republican voters are selecting the most viable regional candidate. In Iowa, the split may have been because of Rick Santorum’s Pittsburgh roots versus Mitt Romney’s Michigan roots. In New Hampshire, Romney’s Massachusetts ties made him the favorite son. In South Carolina, Georgia’s own Newt Gingrich was the obvious choice.
In spite of what the pundits have said, this may prove to be an exciting race to the wire. It is much noted and frequently lamented that the Republican Party has become a Southern party and that may place Newt Gingrich in an interesting place as the nomination race winds it way through the South. We would be interested in hearing what you think.