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But the voting doesn't take place at a Federal level, but at the state level, and the first few states to vote - Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida - are extremely influential in determining which candidates are "viable" and can continue to fundraise successfully. Thus if Santorum can do well in the early Primaries, it doesn't really matter that he is currently at 2% in the national polls. If Romney or Gringrich lose the early primaries, their current national lead could evaporate.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jan 3rd, 2012 at 07:52:31 AM EST
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It does, however, matter that he has no money, which means he has not been able to build cadre org's in second tier of states. So its much harder for him to leverage an Iowa win with a win in South Carolina and then strong delegate  counts through March.

Primaries are supposed to all be proportional until April, though Florida jumped the gun in violation of GOP rules and already lost 49 of 99 delegates. Its been threatened with losing its Winner Take All status as well.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Tue Jan 3rd, 2012 at 10:49:35 AM EST
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