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Santorum taking the lead

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As the August Republican National Convention approaches, not one candidate appears to have attained dominate front-runner status. Although Mitt Romney seemed to be a logical front-runner in the race for the Republican ticket, he has failed to live up to top dog expectations. Romney has the money and the political family connections to make one believe he should be the leading candidate. He easily commands the largest fortune to back his campaign budget. However, the story of late is Rick Santorum. Santorum is riding a huge wave of success with wins in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri. According to Fox News, polls indicate that Santorum is ahead of Romney in Romney’s home state of Michigan. His father, George W. Romney was Governor of Michigan from 1963-69. If Romney loses his home state, it would be detrimental to his campaign. According to a Gallup poll posted Feb. 19 on cnn.com, Santorum is leading Romney by a slim margin of eight points in a national poll. The poll indicates that 36 percent of registered Republicans support Santorum and 28 percent are for Romney. Gingrich and Ron Paul are bringing up the rear with Gingrich slightly edging out Paul with 13 percent while Paul has the remaining 11 percent. Newt Gingrich has been struggling to remain relevant after a huge win in January in South Carolina. Senior Joe Hutchinson noted he wasn’t well-read on all the issues the candidates represent, but if he had to choose today, he would pick Ron Paul. “I have liked him for a while, but I don’t think he has the face or popularity to make a good run at the White House like Romney does,” said Hutchinson. Sophomore Tyler Hartsough wants Rick Santorum to win because he appears to be a down-to-earth guy that could sympathize with the middle class. “I don’t find him to be flashy like the other candidates and I think he can relate better with the average American than some of the other candidates,” said Hartsough. Hartsough also mentioned America needs a president without a big ego so he can better relate to the common man. The four remaining candidates continue to campaign as Michigan and Arizona prepare to vote Feb. 28 with Super Tuesday to follow March 6.
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