High South Gop

March 13, 2012 by staff 

High South Gop, The presidential candidates are all facing high stakes, but for different reasons, on Tuesday as Mississippi and Alabama hold their primary contests.

Mitt Romney needs his first win in a true southern state to show he can excite a central element of the GOP base. Rick Santorum needs to prove to Newt Gingrich that it’s time for him to get out, giving the former senator a clear shot at Romney. And Gingrich needs a win – anywhere.

In Mississippi, where 40 delegates are at stake, polls show Gingrich with a slight edge over Romney, while Santorum trails a few points behind. To the east, 50 delegates are up for grabs in Alabama, where Romney, Gingrich and Santorum are locked in a three-way statistical tie, with Ron Paul in a distant fourth place.

“People are really pumped up,” said Bill Armistead, the chairman of the Alabama Republican Party. “We are, for once, going to be relevant to a presidential nominating process.”

Another 20 delegates are at stake in Hawaii and nine will be awarded in American Samoa, which will also hold their contests on Tuesday. Little public polling has been conducted in either race, but Romney is believed to be in solid shape to win in Hawaii.

Romney has 454 delegates heading into Tuesday’s primaries, with Santorum in second place with 217, according to a count by The Associated Press. Gingrich is in third with 107 and Paul in fourth with 47. Candidates need 1,144 delegates to clench the nomination.

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