When we recently wrote about the Republican party’s process of holding state elections to choose their candidate to run against President Obama in November, the state of Iowa had just finished voting. We reported , as did most everyone else, that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won narrowly there, by just 8 votes.
After that, Mr. Romney went on to win handily in the state of New Hampshire. As Mr. Romney seemed to be gaining momentum, some of the other candidates dropped out of the race, including Representative Michelle Bachman (the only woman in the presidential race), Texas Governor Rick Perry (who still has a big state to run), and John Huntsman, Jr., a former governor of Utah and recent U.S. ambassador to China (appointed by President Obama).
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, and Congressman Dr. Ron Paul remained in the race with their sights set on important state “primary” votes in South Carolina and Florida.
Then some interesting news emerged from Iowa. Since the original vote tally had been so close, the ballots were “recanvassed” (a kind of recounting) and the final count showed that Rick Santorum had actually came out 34 votes ahead and was officially declared the winner there!
This past Saturday, it was South Carolina’s turn to vote … and they chose Newt Gingrich. He won convincingly with 40% of the vote. Mitt Romney came in second.
So now in three different states there have been three different choices for who should represent Republicans against the Democratic party’s President Obama: Rick Santorum in Iowa, Mitt Romney in New Hampshire, and Newt Gingrich in South Carolina. Ron Paul has yet to win in any state, but he remains in the race with some of the most passionate young followers.
Next up, Florida will vote on January 31. Initial polls there seemed to favor Mr. Romney … but the tide may be turning toward Mr. Gingrich, according to more recent polls.
More than ever, it seems like it’s anyone’s race!
If you would like a more in-depth understanding of the election process, we recommend Scholastic’s Election site . It’s very well done.