In New Hampshire, Rick Santorum is attempting to move beyond his familiar identity as the social conservative's dream candidate, by emphasizing a carefully calibrated conservative version of economic populism.
Iit's time to haul out the old crystal ball and attempt to predict what's going to happen. If you hate these types of speculative wonktastic articles, then I strongly advise you to just close this article right now.
In Hart's Location, a town of only 29 registered voters, citizens were faithful to the most recent polls. Governor Mitt Romney garnered the most votes with five, but trailing him closely with four votes was Congressman Ron Paul. Governor Jon Huntsman received two votes, while Governor Rick Perry and Former Speaker Newt Gingrich received just one.
Huntsman seems to be appealing to Granite State voters by his level-headed answers to economic and foreign policy issues of the day. He is not pandering to the base but speaking to the country.
Maybe Mitt Romney "can't imagine a state banning contraception." But he should know that his own positions would put birth control out of reach for millions of American women.
For our grandfathers or our fathers the anti-Wall Street messaging might have fallen on deaf ears, but in today's Republican Party there is a tremendous appeal to attacking excesses of both big business and big government.
Most people think of this as an election, where voters go to the polls and select their preferred candidate. But I believe, and an increasing number of viewers believe, that our political system has become an auction in which the highest bidder wins.
Over a 24-hour period in New Hampshire I observed firsthand what modern "retail politics" looks like: a Gingrich sponsored Town Hall in Littleton, a Santorum sporting store walk-through in Jaffrey and a Ron Paul mega-rally in Nashua.
Disruptions and inconveniences aside, Granite Staters certainly take their primary very seriously. And it is great to be home to once again witness this all-important political rite of passage.
Before Gingrich starts ranting about illegal immigrants ripping off and bankrupting the food stamp program, he might want to check his facts.
Even viewed through the most favorable lens, Romney's Iowa victory was too close for comfort -- ensuring that the field will remain somewhat competitive at least through South Carolina. Yet there is a strong case that a protracted primary actually helps his chances in November.
As a person who has voted for the Democratic nominee for president my entire adult life the one Republican I would seriously consider voting for in 2012 is Mitt Romney.
You know it's a tough road ahead when you don't receive the traditional bounce from winning Iowa. One narrative that vanished overnight is that Romney won a state where, until recently, he wasn't even competitive in.
It is time to end this "tradition" of Iowa voting first in presidential elections in form of caucuses followed a week later by the New Hampshire primary.
It is unclear whether conservative Santorum's strong showing in Iowa will be enough to propel him into the lead. But many conservatives note that three-quarters of Iowa caucus goers did not vote for Romney, the party's presumed front-runner.
Romney's narrow eight-vote victory over former Senator Rick Santorum was a small step backwards among Iowa voters after four years of courtship and campaigning.