The Little Mo
By Kevin Robinson in News on Jan 6, 2008 9:30PM
Mayor Daley might not do irony well, but Mitt Romney knows how to do momentum.
While most of us were paying attention to the upcoming New Hampshire vote, and the news that the hometown kid won big in Iowa, Mitt Romney was quietly winning the first actual delegates to the Republican National Convention. With 91 percent of precincts reporting, Romney has won eight of Wyoming's 12 delegates. Duncan Hunter has won one, and Fred Thompson, who did far better in Iowa than expected has two.
Most of the media has reported Romney's win in Wyoming as an aside, but you can bet that Romney will be playing up this win in New Hampshire. If taking second place in Iowa gave him the Big Mo, winning eight of 12 delegates in Wyoming maybe the Little Mo that Mitt needs to give Huckabee a run for his money. Without a strong evangelical Christian base, and with Romney ostensibly playing on his East Coast home turf, Huckabee is inherently at a disadvantage in the Granite State. In fact, New Hampshire is shaping up to be a showdown between John McCain and Mitt Romney.
A small win in Wyoming and a second place showing in Iowa, however, don't necessarily mean that Romney can pull it out in NH. Post-Iowa polling that came out late Saturday shows that Romney is down, though still very much in the lead, with Huckabee gaining. On the Democratic side of the race, Hillary continues her tailspin, down 9 points in one Rassmussen poll.
With the primaries coming fast and furious now, we'll be paying close attention to what the polls say, but also to what the candidates have to say. On to February 5!
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