Monday 26 February 2018

Alex Spillius: Romney's still afloat, and that could be enough

A Washington political consultant asked over coffee the other day why the British and other foreign media paid so much attention to American elections.

Apart from being the world's superpower and our cousinly relations, I explained, they are just more entertaining than our own. The point was proved yesterday when, in just one day, the Republican primary packed more drama and twists and turns than most entire campaigns in Britain or Europe.

There was a withdrawal, a recount, the revelations of an embittered former spouse and a late surge in the polls that could change what was regarded as a foregone conclusion in Saturday's South Carolina primary. For US political junkies, there was a danger of overdose.

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