Santorum comes out ahead in the South but still trails Romney

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Santorum comes out ahead in the South but still trails Romney

This blog was written by Kim Osborne, one of Lauren’s spring interns and campus ambassador for the University of South Carolina. Kim just spent her Spring Break in Washington, D.C., meeting with Pulitzer Prize winning journalists and state congressmen. Kim will graduate in May with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Political Science.

Yesterday’s primaries in Alabama and Mississippi helped shrink the gap between Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney in terms of delegates. Many political analysts predicted Santorum and Newt Gingrich splitting the Southern Evangelist voter, creating a window of opportunity for Romney to come out on top. This didn’t happen. In Alabama, Santorum had 6 percent over both Romney and Gingrich, resulting in a gain of 19 delegates. Mississippi was a closer race with Santorum only getting 2 percent more of the votes. Hawaii went to Romney with no contest.

What has yesterday’s election results showed us? Pretty much the same thing that we have seen the past two months: Republicans can’t make up their mind on who they want for GOP presidential nominee and we are left with more questions. Santorum has pulled only slightly closer to Romney, and by slightly closer, I mean he’s still 200 delegates behind the front runner. Gingrich had hoped to claim a stronghold in the South after securing South Carolina and Georgia. With second places in both Alabama and Mississippi, how much longer will he stay in the race? Paul is just hanging on through the support of his Super PAC. With primary season halfway over, none of the four Republican candidates are close to secure the GOP nomination.

What are your thoughts on the race to the White House?