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Monday, October 08, 2012
Published January 3, 2012-Updated January 10, 2012
“Do Santorum, Bachmann, and Huntsman plan
on making it to Super Tuesday?”
The Republican presidential candidates Rick
Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Jon Huntsman did not file paperwork to be placed
on the Virginia ballot. And their
failure to submit signatures begs the question,
“Do Santorum, Bachmann, and Huntsman plan on making it to Super
Tuesday?” Virginia is not like Iowa.
It is a part of the South and it sits at the top of the Mason-Dixie
line. Virginia is a bible belt state
where it is common to find registered voters congregated in church on Sunday.
This is important for Christian Evangelicals like Santorum and Bachmann.
These candidates have had a difficult time getting the support that Mitt
Romney has. Whereas Romney is
viewed as a general election candidate who’s views are centered, Bachmann and
Santorum are viewed as too far right because of their social conservative views.
They are also members of the Tea Party, a counter party within the
Republican Party, and therefore they are not
getting as much of the establishment support as Romney.
Bachmann won the Iowa straw poll, her star quickly faded when Rick Perry jumped
into the race. Despite the fact
that Santorum has caught a fire in Iowa and is now in third place, it is
believed that his flame will die out before he makes it to New Hampshire.
As for Jon Huntsman, his problem is a result of him not being as
personable or open as someone like Herman Cain.
Huntsman also has the problem of working for the opposition, President
Obama, as the Ambassador to China. Although
Huntsman has explained his role within Obama’s administration as a call to
serve his country, the Republican voters were not pleased.
And this has contributed to Huntsman not making a dent in the national
polls amongst the Republican Party’s registered voters.
is today but Florida is the state that will most likely determine which
candidates make it out of January into March for Super Tuesday. Because if these candidates can’t get pass a big state like
Florida, their chances of winning their party’s nomination are slim to none.
And based on Santorum, Bachmann, and Huntsman not submitting any
signatures to qualify for Virginia’s primary, it appears that they plan to bow
out before Super Tuesday.