Candidates play expectation game in Deep South primaries
March 13th, 2012
02:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Candidates play expectation game in Deep South primaries

(CNN) - The Republican presidential candidates' campaigns were downplaying expectations as Alabama and Mississippi voted Tuesday - an indication of how tight the two primaries are and the importance of momentum on the long road to the GOP convention.

Polls released Monday showed a virtual dead heat between front-runner Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich with Rick Santorum running eight to 10 points behind.


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Will Deep South primaries deep six a candidate?

    You would hope !

    March 13, 2012 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  2. jack leddy

    Looking at the four republican party candidates, it pains me to admit that the flipflopping Romney is the one who would least terrify me if he was in the Oval Office. The other three are so utterly out of the American main stream that they should all move to Newts 51st state on the moon. Needless to say, I will be voting for Obama.

    March 13, 2012 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  3. Name: DParke

    Wake up America. Romney IS our future. Santorum is a nice enough guy but Obama will eat him like a snack!. Like it or not Romney is the only one seasoned and polished enough to beat Obama. As republicans it's time to rally and get started beating on Obama not each other. Romney will swing moderates to us and if we, as strong conservatives, unite behind him Romney WILL beat Obama. Time for wishing and dreaming is over. It's time to rally and prepare for the real battle. Swallow your stubborn ideology pride and rally around the only Conservative who can actually beat Obama. He has a public record that people can pick apart, bit he has no skeletons in the closet. He is a Mormon for crying out loud! With off the chart family values. He is by FAR the best we got. Let's rally around him, unite and heal our wounds and start the Obama fight. Vote for Mitt already and let's get this behind us!

    March 13, 2012 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Nope. Even if one of them should emerge with an untenable delegate count, they will rise up and walk again. As long as the money continues to flow in, there is no reason for a candidate to drop out.

    March 13, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  5. ST

    Romney was not able to lock it up during Super Tuesday, when there were a lot of options to be made and call it a day. May be thats why it is called "Super Tuesday". I now don't see the way paved for him to do it in the South. I might be wrong, but every part of body tells me I am right.

    March 13, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  6. Paul1st

    The political equation is different this year. Any candidate that continues to accrue delegates likely will get enough funding from Super-PAC money to stay in the race. A brokered convention would be well worth the investment where a Super-PAC sponsored candidate would at least have an opportunity to influence the writing of the platform and to be granted favors for nomination votes.

    March 13, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. Dave

    Yes, it will bury 3 of them. Romney will will delegates again and increase his lead.

    March 13, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. LacrosseMom(real one)

    I will say what the Media won't: Southern Baptists won't vote for a Mormon. They loathe how LDS 'missionaries' come into their communities to proselytize to their already Christian children!

    Trust me, I know.

    March 13, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. Just Say No to Flipper

    "He has a public record that people can pick apart, bit he has no skeletons in the closet."

    How about his tax records from his Bain years? How about the way he and his staff went about destroying public records in MA and trying to run government business using private email accounts. He's as dirty as a pig in mud.

    March 13, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. Satberry

    The DNC will play that tape of Willard endorsing president obama in April 2011.I could not stop laughing.Willard not only does he have skeletons in his closet,but dead bodies also.lmao

    March 13, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. diridi

    none of these are worth your time to look at....nonsense to the nation.

    March 13, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Alexanders

    Go Romney!!!! It's time foxs, lets get ready, vote Romney. He is the only one with the brains to get it going.

    March 13, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Yet another photo ripe for the "hahahaha, we told them it would trickle down" caption.

    March 13, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |