Santorum surges with success in early Feb. caucuses, but still far behind.

Santorum surprised a lot of people this week when he gained 26 delegates in the Minnesota, Colorado, and Nevada Caucuses. Missouri also held caucuses, again putting Santorum on top, but they are considered non-binding.

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So far the delegate totals (both pledged and un-pledged - granted that many of these are projections) come out at:
Still Santorum's momentum isn't enough to get him into the lead, but it makes one thing clear; this race is not over for Santorum, or any of the other three candidates for that matter. We likely will not have a clear front runner until after Super Tuesday on March 6th.

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A four way contest, especially with both Gingrich and Santorum competing for conservatives and Tea Partiers, will cause some votes to be "split", but even if you add up the three other candidates, they are still short of Romney's 115 delegates; and still nowhere near the 1144 needed for the win.

The Maine Caucus is also under way, with Romney and Paul as front runners, which will likely help to minimize Santorum's early February surge, and likely give Paul some additional credibility.
Here are some important dates to keep in mind:
  • 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 6Super Tuesday” primaries and caucuses, including: Ohio, Massachusetts, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Idaho, Alaska, and North Dakota.
  • March 10 Kansas Caucus
  • March 13 Alabama and Mississippi Primaries, Hawaii Caucus
  • 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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