Rick Santorum: Cinderella-Man (UPDATED)

UPDATE:

Final numbers:

RICK 29,944

MITT 29,926

Final Numbers:

Mitt: 30,015

  Rick: 30,007

When I asked, will Santorum squeak out a win? – I really didn’t expect it to be this close. Forget statistical tie –  five points difference is almost a literal tie. But it’s not bad considering that he once ‘so invisible he said he felt like “a potted plant” on the debate stage’, was even yesterday only  expected to finish in the top three. Not actually win.

Perhaps you know the story of James Braddock, the supposedly washed up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s. They made a wonderful motion picture about his life in 2005, starring Russell Crowe.

Rick Santorum, is the Cinderella Man of Republican politics in 2012. A guy, who’s political career came to an abrupt end in 2006, and was on hardly anyone’s  radar even a month ago, is on the verge of a major political comeback. He did this through hard work – traveling to all 99 counties in IA, attending hundreds of town hall meetings , and meeting with ordinary voters. And he managed this win on a shoestring budget he tells people would be an insult to shoestrings.

RS McCain reports some intriguing news tonight from Santorum’s headquarters:

Just got through with Senator Santor’s victory speech. Robert Costa of NRO and I were back by the door. The room was packed past fire-code capacity and the cops wouldn’t let anyone else in. That was when the New York Times photographer showed up and tried to get past the cops.

No way, the cops wouldn’t yield. “But … I’m from the New York Times.”

The cops didn’t care. Nobody was getting past them.

A triumph for The Rule of Law in the American Heartland.

And I remember when Santorum couldn’t get any national media coverage except . . . Well, me.

I’ll post video of the speech when it becomes available. It was a good one.

Incidentally, Perry Likely Dropping Out.

Bachmann tells supporters she’s staying in race.

James Oliphant Reporting from Johnston, Iowa for the LA Times —
At the strike of midnight in Iowa, five votes separated Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney with almost all of the returns in from the GOP caucuses counted, but the final tally had long ceased to matter.Santorum had won his own kind of victory, a staggering run from the back of the pack to the top of the heap at warp speed.Nobody saw it coming. No one. If they tell you they did, they have better inside information than just about anyone, even Santorum, who has recently joked that just a few weeks ago, reporters were asking him when he was going to drop out of the race.

UPDATE:

Squeaker of a victory in hand, Romney looks to NH:

In all, more than 122,000 straw ballots were cast, a record for Iowa Republicans, and the outcome was a fitting conclusion to a race as jumbled as any since Iowa gained the lead-off position in presidential campaigns four decades ago.

Returns from all 1,774 precincts showed both Romney with 24.55 percent support and Santorum with 24.54 percent. Texas congressman Paul drew 21.5 percent of the votes.

The results are non-binding when it comes to picking delegates to the GOP convention in Tampa. But an Associated Press analysis showed Romney would win 13 delegates and Santorum 12, if there were no changes in their support as the campaign wears on.

Paul ran third and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was fourth, and both men vowed to carry the fight to New Hampshire’s primary next week and beyond.

Not so Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who came in fifth and told supporters he would return home to Texas to reassess his candidacy.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann was a distant sixth, and her campaign appeared in disarray. She told reporters she would carry on — less than an hour after her campaign manager raised doubts in an Associated Press interview about whether she would stay in the race.

Bachmann Cancels South Carolina Trip, Will Hold Press Conference This Morning…

I’ll make the least bold prediction you will hear all day, Bachmann drops out. The only question is, will she endorse Romney?

UPDATE:

Bachmann Quits 2012 Campaign

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Rep. Michele Bachammn just announced she would quit the 2012 presidential race. She praised God and spoke about the Founders of the American Republic, vowing her continued determination to repeal ObamaCare, calling it a formula for leading America down the road to socialism.

And she’s not endorsing anyone for now, which is good news.

4 thoughts on “Rick Santorum: Cinderella-Man (UPDATED)

  1. …hold on, Karl Rove found some missing votes and projected Mitt by 14. Current claim is Romney by eight…this is a great caucus,

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  2. Nice job by Santorum, Romney, and even the Paul machine. It’s way too early to declare anything. Let’s see where the money goes now. I keep hearing the Iowa caucus means nothing yet Perry is reassessing and Newt is pulling a tantrum. Huntsman gave up the notion he could split the “I don’t care if the candidate is Mormon” vote and stayed away while Romney perservered. I just don’t understand why Michele Bachmann didn’t do better except that maybe Santorum became the “flavor of the month” at just the right time, worked his ass off on the ground, and the stars aligned for him in just the right way.

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  3. I bet the marxist left pulled an all nighter digging up garbage on Santorum. By the end of Wednesday we will know stuff about him and the AP etc will not let it go. I kind of figure he did it right, saving a run into the lead for late in the game. Cain did this way too early and look where he ended up.

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