Gingrich, Santorum, and Romney, O my... all in South Carolina

What do Gingrich, Santorum, and Romney all have in common? Each has now gotten the largest number of primary or caucus votes in a state: South Carolina, Iowa, and New Hampshire respectively.

However, if you look at the actual delegate count, Gingrich has gone from almost nothing to front runner in just the last few weeks. The total pledged delegates now stand at:
However, if you also include the un-pledged delegates, Romney is actually ahead with 31 with Gingrich in second at 26. Gingrich's win may be attributed to Perry's endorsement after dropping out, and a rally cry by conservatives searching for a candidate to rally behind to defeat Romney. Huntsman, probably the least conservative of the bunch, also dropped out with an endorsement of Romney which likely didn't give him any help in the more conservative South Carolina.

In any case, the race is far from decided. It will require 1144 delegates to win the GOP nomination, and only a few relatively small states have given their input. It is certainly still anyone’s race to win, or lose as the case may be.

Here are some upcoming key dates to look forward to (some are subject to change):
  • Jan. 23 Republican debate in Tampa, Florida
  • Jan. 26 Republican debate in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jan. 31 Florida primary
  • Feb. 4 Nevada caucus, Maine caucus begins (through Feb. 11)
  • Feb. 7 Colorado and Minnesota caucuses, Missouri primary
  • Feb. 11 Maine presidential caucus ends
  • Feb. 22 Republican debate in Mesa, Arizona
  • Feb. 28 Arizona and Michigan primaries
  • March 1 Republican debate in Georgia
  • March 3 Washington caucuses
  • March 6 “Super Tuesday” primaries and caucuses, including: Ohio, Massachusetts, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Idaho, Alaska, and North Dakota.
  • March 19 Republican debate in Portland, Oregon
  • April 3 District of Columbia, Maryland, Texas, and Wisconsin Primaries.
  • June 5 California, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, and New Jersey Primaries.
  • Aug. 27-30 Republican convention in Tampa, Florida
  • Sept. 3-6 Democratic convention, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Oct. 3 Presidential debate in Denver, Colorado
  • Oct. 11 Vice presidential debate in Danville, Kentucky
  • Oct. 16 Presidential debate in Hempstead, New York
  • Oct. 22 Presidential debate in Boca Raton, Florida
  • Nov. 6 Election Day

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