Palin has path to win, Republican warns
March 14th, 2011
11:37 AM ET
12 years ago

Palin has path to win, Republican warns

(CNN) - Prominent New Hampshire Republican Judd Gregg says that Sarah Palin just might have a clearer path to the Republican presidential nomination next year than commonly understood – an event he warns would lead to President Obama's clear reelection.

Gregg, the former senator and governor of the Granite State, says the muddled GOP presidential field means it's more likely than ever there won't be a clear consensus candidate before the party's nominating convention in August of 2012. If that happens, says Gregg, Palin and her army of supporters might have the upper hand when it comes to settling on a presidential candidate.

"A candidate who runs second or third in a great many primaries could go into the convention with a sizable block of delegates," writes Gregg in an Op-Ed in The Hill newspaper Monday. "Who would this favor? Does Sarah Palin come to mind? Although she is not viewed by most as strong enough to win, she is viewed by many as a person worth voting for to make a statement."

While it's unlikely Palin (should she run) would win that many primary contests, placing second or third might be enough - especially this time around when delegates will be awarded a proportionate basis instead of the winner-take-all system that has previously been the rule in Republican primaries.

"Finishing second and third isn't really a big deal – until you get enough delegates to be the nominee," writes Gregg. "And picking a nominee who it seems would be easily defeated by President Obama might not be the best statement."

In 2008, Gregg was a supporter of Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who is all-but-certain to run again.

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soundoff (283 Responses)
  1. GP

    Romney is probably their most qualified candidate. Too bad for him he is running in a party that thinks of members of the LDS church as being the right hand of the devil.

    March 14, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. lejaune

    I will certainly vote for Palin, in the GOP primary, and watch good laughs on SNL.

    March 14, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Amanda Massenhouser

    I believe that Palin would make a better president than Obama. She is fiscally and socially conservative, traits much needed in this country. Furthermore she is not stupid as most left wingers seem to portray her. However, she cannot win against the one billion dollar Obama political machinery, and the left wing media backing him up whilst castigating, denigrating, and maligning Palin.

    March 14, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. MaryAngeline

    Wouldn't you just love to see Palin and Bachmann in a debate with all the other candidates?? What great theater! Everyone will want a ticket for this performance.

    March 14, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Paul

    Sarah Palin would ride to the convension on the short bus. The kind she took when she went to school!

    March 14, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. West Virginia

    Anyone can beat Obama next election....and I do mean long as their not a DEMOCRAT....people have had enough....

    March 14, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. geecee

    It would be interesting to see how someone as ignorant as Sarah Palin would have handled all the crises that have developed in the past 2 1/2 years since Barach Obama has been President – not to mention all the crises he inherited from his predecessor! She would have had a nervous breakdown by now. Being President is not an easy task and needs to be taken very seriously. There aren't too many Republican candidates that could handle the world's issues the way Obama does. He's intelligent, calm, serious, thoughtful, careful and caring. A President needs these qualities. Palin has none of those.

    March 14, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. mangoz

    She is NOT going to run...I keep saying it over and over....she is just in this for all the money she can grub off of publicity, the Fox Commentator (another money maker that she does not want to give up) and any other fool who throws money at her. She knows that at some point in time the smarter Republicans (including Rupert Murdoch) will throw more money at her to keep her out of the running process. She is teasing this country while she laughs all the way to the bank. Once she declines to run ...another book will hit the press. Sarah Palin is smart enough to know that the country if filled with fools who will gladly part from their money....Motto for Democratic Party at this time..."Thankgod for Sarah Palin".

    March 14, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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