The battle for hearts against the war of numbers is confirmed in the race for the Republican nomination.The champion of family values, , won Tuesday's primary in Alabama and Mississippi, the favorite, , did not arrive until the third.Beating both on his land and the South East Coast multimillionaire who spent three to five times more money than him in both States, proves that Rick Santorum is now the only true challenger Mitt Romney. But, as recalled by his team, the candidate from Massachusetts won more delegates. He holds an arithmetic advantage that Santorum can hardly catch up, unless a withdrawal from the race of Newt Gingrich, who says he does not consider it a moment.
The race for the nomination thus promises to drag on probably even until June, but that Mitt Romney has provided the confidence to achieve by then the magic number of 1,144 delegates. This race will oppose a radical ultraconservative Rick Santorum, that scares the Republican establishment, and a moderate Mormon, Mitt Romney, who can not convince the conservative base of the party.
"It is time for conservatives to unite," commented Rick Santorum during his victory speech in Louisiana. A call to the foot of Newt Gingrich to abandon the race.Demonstrating what is perceived as an intolerable arrogance by the base, Mitt Romney had said that day that Santorum had reached the "end desperate" his campaign. The endless extension thereof does not play in his favor or in favor of the Republican Party, warns former spokesman for George Bush, Ari Fleischer. "We are moving towards an agreement not very nice to see," he said on CNN.
He said voters may get tired, candidates are struggling more and more to raise funds and Mitt Romney has now firmly rooted in the view, the image of a candidate inauthentic, desperate to win. The media continue to be ironic about his movements weathervane, in every detail. In one state, he said not to like catfish, in the other, he loves it. The former businessman, who eat cereal before going to bed, has discovered a new passion for grit (culinary specialty of the South) is attracting a lot of teasing. Yet, as pointed out those who are upset because of things drag on for a rather poor choice of candidates, almost the majority of voters surveyed believe that South Romney is best able to beat Obama in November. The question is whether it will motivate voters Tea Party and evangelical Christians against a president always charismatic despite the disappointment of his electorate.
More and more voices are calling Mitt Romney to play more outspoken of the collar, to highlight his real strengths - his mastery of the economy, a good character - and to be more open with the media, kept too long in away, if he wants to break the apparent antipathy of the latter to him. Next crucial step, Illinois, March 20.