If you didn’t manage to stay current with the shifts in the Republican Presidential nomination race, then recent events, especially during the recent weeks, might come as a surprise. Cain dropped out of the race, Gingrich became frontrunner, then Ron Paul took the lead, so where does that leave former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney? He’s fighting hard to remain frontrunner.
Today’s politics, particularly before elections, are so hectic that, at times, even analysts are having a difficult time keeping track of the scene. But, for Republicans, with less than two weeks before the Iowa vote, it’s time to see how your favorite stands.
Mitt Romney started the race for the presidential bid confident and sure that no matter, what he will hold the prime position as frontrunner and remain the favorite in all polls. But, surprise surprise, ever since Herman Cain started to raise his popularity, Romney started to lose ground. Then, after Cain was out of the picture, Newt Gingrich took the frontrunner position and posed challenges for Romney. Now, Ron Paul is poised to become leader in polls. Where does all this leaves Romney? Fighting to stay current and active.
Two weeks before the Iowa caucus on January 3rd, George H.W. Bush decided to help his fellow colleague, Romney to score some fidelity points. “I think Romney is the best choice for us. I like Perry, but he doesn’t seem to be going anywhere; he’s not surging forward”, said Bush.
Bush senior said that he supports Romney because of his “stability, experience, principles. He’s a fine person…I just think he’s mature and reasonable – not a bomb-thrower”. You can call this a smart move coming from Romney’s campaign, as George H.W. Bush still holds sufficient influence within GOP, as well as popularity with electors.
However, despite such minor show-offs, it becomes more obvious that Newt Gingrich is going to win the GOP nomination. For now, the polls show Romney still in lead. A Rasmussen Reports Iowa poll released this Wednesday, shows Romney in lead by 8 points.
But Gingrich is not the person to back down so easily. In fact, after seeing he’s currently a strong frontrunner he has challenged Romney to a one on one series debates, but former Massachusetts Governor evaded the proposal saying they’ll have enough occasions to debate together over the next few months.