Predicting political races is a fool's errand - remember "Dewey Defeats Truman"? - but today's Republican primary in New Hampshire looks to be a sure thing for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Look at the polls for Iowa, South Carolina or Florida and you see a tangled skein, with support for the various GOP contenders rising and falling in recent weeks and months, lines crossing back and forth as the debates, media sound bites and attack ads work their wonders.
Not in New Hampshire, where Mr. Romney has been clear of his rivals for months, to the point where Democratic partisans have resorted to suggesting that anything less than half the vote for Mr. Romney would constitute a loss.
Hardly. But neither does Mr. Romney's probable victory today mean a clear path to the GOP nomination, never mind the presidency. We'll know more after South Carolina and Florida later this month, and Nevada, Maine, Colorado and Minnesota early next month.
The issue may be settled by the time Bay State Republicans vote on March 6. But will Mitt be the man? This is politics, and there's really no way to know.
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|Publication:||Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)|
|Date:||Jan 10, 2012|
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