Tuesday 20 March 2018

Ruth Dudley Edwards: It'll be Rombo v Obama, say Facebook forecasters

Republicans are reeling from the rollercoaster nomination process but Romney looks safe, says Ruth Dudley Edwards

ON Tuesday, voters will turn out in (Republican) Arizona in t-shirts and (Democratic) Michigan in overcoats to give their views on who should be the Republican presidential nominee.

They must be as punch-drunk as Republicans everywhere, for over the last several months they've seen 10 of their favourite sons and daughters tumble from the very top of various national polls. 'Who will be next?' they must wonder.

Poll-toppers Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin and Donald Trump didn't even run in the end, Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry self-destructed in debates and pulled out, as did Herman Cain, when allegations of sexual misconduct did for him. The other two, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, have not yet fallen so far, and still soldier on, but will have been distressed -- if hardly surprised -- when Rick Santorum became frontrunner last week. He leaped ahead of Romney (34 per cent to 28 per cent) with Gingrich bobbing around at 14 per cent and Ron Paul doggedly plodding along on 12 per cent.

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