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Gingrich effectively conceded the nomination and endorsed Santorum tonight, though he formally stays in the race in order to attack Romney and Paul in the debates.

Must be easier to make the decision to stop running for your own nomination when you never put all that much effort into chasing the nomination in the first place ~ Gingrich spent much more time selling books than he spent campaigning in Iowa, for instance.

That gives Santorum some breathing room, as the Beltway media is going to be focusing on the promised rumble by Gingrich in the debates.

South Carolina is not winner take all statewide ~ it has statewide delegates, but also per house district delegates. If Ron Paul focuses on cherry picking in his strongest districts, conceding the state as a whole, he could well pick up delegates that would otherwise fall to Mitt.

Florida is a winner take all state at present, but the RNC is considering taking that away, in addition to the 50% of delegates it lost when it decided to go before March.

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 Wed Jan 4th, 2012 at 02:38:20 AM EST
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