Super Tuesday: GOP Still Fragmented


If Rmoney (sic) thought to wrap it up today, he’s bound to be disappointed. As of this writing, it appears Rmoney took Massachusetts, Virginia and Vermont; Santorum appears to have won Oklahoma and Tennessee; and even Gingrich took his home state, Georgia. UPDATE about 11pm CT: Rmoney took Idaho. (Did he get two of the three citizens’ votes?) Ohio is still too close to call. I’m going to bed. Here is the TPM Super Tuesday returns page. UPDATE Wed. morning: Romney took Ohio, just barely. Oh, and Alaska… one must never forget Alaska.

I have no deep insights here that have not been observed elsewhere. I might point out the relatively small percentages taken by each candidate; a showing of better than 50% by any candidate in any state has been rare to nonexistent, certainly tonight. Clearly, GOPers in one state don’t give a good damn what GOPers in another state think. I do wonder how they’re going to pull it all together at the convention, because it’s increasingly obvious they aren’t managing to do the job before the convention.

And so I say to the GOP candidates: use that almost limitless supply of money to do maximal damage to each other during the primaries. Every million-dollar hit piece you run against another Republican is a million dollars spent on behalf of the Democratic Party… for what that’s worth.

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  • Madeleine Begun Kane  On Thursday March 8, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    The Obama/Clinton contest made Obama a much better candidate. Unfortunately for Republicans, the reverse is true for Romney.

    • Steve  On Thursday March 8, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      Mad, I think Citizens United changed everything. A GOP candidate may have money to burn in the general election, but only if s/he gets there through the primaries. So they’re spending their wad on trashing each other. That’s fine with me!

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