BLITZER’S BLOG: GOP race will be a marathon, not a sprint
March 14th, 2012
04:19 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER’S BLOG: GOP race will be a marathon, not a sprint

(CNN) – If it does come down to a two-man race for the Republican presidential nomination, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it continue until the party convention in Tampa at the end of August.

Getting to the major number of 1,144 delegates for either Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum before the convention will not be easy even though the former Massachusetts governor has an impressive lead right now.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Since none of the war mongers of the GOP have a job creation plan nor any plan to lower the national debt unless the poor and middle class pay for the tax cuts for the wealthy, it looks like the pubes can only campaign about eliminating women's rights.

    March 14, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "BLITZER’S BLOG: GOP race will be a marathon, not a sprint"

    As will the general election. A nice marathon...long, grueling, somewhat boring and eventually won by a Kenyan (if the crazies are to be believed). I just can't wait for the home stretch when Mittens pulls an Utta Pippig all up in his pants.

    March 14, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. Satberry

    These people who are blindly making statements about willard delegates count need to look at the percentage of republicans voting against Willard.This is willard's problem because there will not be a lot of independent and democrats crossing that barrier to republicans.

    March 14, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    But how many more southern conservative states are left for Santorum versus Romney type states? I doubt Santorum if going to do well in too many more states. I'd say Romney's outcome still looks much better.

    Newt's personal jihad campaign has hurt himself, Santorum and the party. He's needs to drop out and simply go away. I used to like Newt but he's really gone too far over the line with his statements and attacks.

    March 14, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. Brad Arnsparger

    The Romney-Primary Ordeal - The GEEK FACTOR: Everyone has talked of Romney not being able to seal-the-deal (it's allegedly his "lack of conservative following..."). How bout', flat out, ordinary-people in mainstream America do not connect with him as he is obviously from the affluent and Upper-Crust elements – in ways, boasts about it. Truly, people don't dislike him personally for that...they just cannot see a person such as him representing the thrust of America. It's that simple. As well, (and nobody has once mentioned it...), Mit has a bit of the Geek-Factor too attached to him; his speaking characteristics and mannerisms – "Hi GUYS...thank you GUYS..." as he waves to crowds. Who does that? Mit... Geek and Presidential are not in the same bucket. Just sayen' [the geek factor is sort of like house-shopping; some houses have immediate curb-appeal and character; some need work.] Mit needs work and mainstream America sees it.

    March 14, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Larry in Houston

    newts been going over the line with his statements and attacks just about every day he's in the news. He must be figuring that when he gets to Tampa in August, nobody will get to the magic number ( 1144 ) that's why he's staying in the race – to keep anybody else from getting even close to the 1144. He must be figuring by the time everybody gets to Tampa, and nobody has the 1144 – The republican national committee will end upp coronating him, as their nominee, I guess. ( and he will have Adselson's backing then, also)

    March 14, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "But how many more southern conservative states are left for Santorum versus Romney type states? I doubt Santorum if going to do well in too many more states. I'd say Romney's outcome still looks much better.

    Newt's personal jihad campaign has hurt himself, Santorum and the party. He's needs to drop out and simply go away. I used to like Newt but he's really gone too far over the line with his statements and attacks."
    ====

    Careful what you wish for. Mittens might eventually still win the nomination even if Newtered drops out...remains to be seen...but, if Newtered drops out, the Ayatollah is getting his votes, not Mittens, so how is it going to look for Mittens squeeking by with the nomination overall after losing a few southern states to the Ayatollah by a 20%-30% spread? That's gonna generate carzy enthusiasm? Not.

    March 14, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. dreamer96

    I'm not voting for a GOP candidate this time around..
    but many American religious extremist will..
    ....even if their GOP Candidate grows a beard,
    ....and even if their GOP Candidate starts wearing a turban,
    ....and even if their GOP Candidate starts calling himself the Supreme American Religious Leader...

    March 14, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. Alexanders

    Romney will be the one. Why would I want someone like Santorum for president. I will vote democrat before I vote for him. he has nothing to offer mut, religion. We need jobs and someone with experience in the field. So, Romney must win!!!!

    March 14, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Do not believe the Fox foreign owned media with a hint of Saudi.

    March 14, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. Satberry

    That is the reason the geek Willard Milton will not use his real name.He reeks of lies and desperation.Shameful

    March 14, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. Data Driven

    The wish is the father to the thought, right Wolf? Long campaigns with all their higher ratings and concomitant higher ad revenue and such, eh?

    It's over, baby. Drear Romney's the GOP nominee. Hang in there: 2016 looks to be more interesting.

    March 14, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. Fla Pete

    I'm waiting for a Gingrinch meltdown,its do anytime now.Santorum has alienated about every class of American from his campaign except,O yes ,the wealthy 1%ers,the gifted ones...Romney,he keeps stepping on his forked tongue,can't make anyone except TRUTH happy because of his hypocrital crap infested mouth telling lie after fabricated lie,must be inherit in rightwing republicans genes.Then there's OLD POPPA BEAR Paul,he as old as that other antique,their great trash talkin God,Reagan.It took us years to get that MONKEY off our back,remember MrTRUTH,or do you with all the rest of your republican neanderthals go weekly to the alter of REAGAN praying for a sign.A sign your money ,as well as all hope is slowly going down the crapper,much like in 2008 when your HERO MCCAIN got trampled by the Obama train.A good tip from someone that knows some truth,not yours,that POTUS Obama is in for 4 more years.Bill Maher is willing to buy some material from the candidates for his show,he shows compassion to losers,especially republicans....

    March 14, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Alexanders
    Romney will be the one. Why would I want someone like Santorum for president. I will vote democrat before I vote for him. he has nothing to offer but religion. We need jobs and someone with experience in the field. So, Romney must win!!!!

    I agree , Mitt Romney is the chosen one to leed us into the new kingdom. We must unit and defeat the openminded free thinking liberal media.

    March 14, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. vic , nashville ,tn

    Iowa primary night many pundits suggested before Florida primary Romney may clinch the nomination it didn’t happen then they said after supper Tuesday many establishment members will endorse Romney then game is over it didn’t happen

    Look like it will reach to “Must Win States” for either candidate

    March 14, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  16. IndependentMom

    The GOP establishment do not want to admit it, but it worries them that Rick Santorum is gaining on Mitt.

    I suspect that Newt & Ron are still in the race to keep Santorum from......... wiping Mitt off the planet!

    March 14, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. IndependentMom

    PS. I have lots of Evangelical friends that will not vote in November IF Romney is the nominee. I think the GOP should listen up!

    March 14, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. Dr Knowitall

    @Wire Palladin, S. F – Get a job, get a life, or get off the planet !

    March 14, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |