With two of the top three GOP Presidential candidates from Georgia, I thought it would be worth doing a periodic post on the race for the GOP nomination. It will be different from Erick Erickson’s weekly Horserace column (which if you are not reading why not?) in that it will be more Georgia focused. Let’s get started.
The Real Clear Politics average shows Romney back in front but recent polls show a sharp rise in support for former Speaker Newt Gingrich.
A Bloomberg News poll shows Cain at 20 percent, Paul at 19 percent, Romney at 18 percent and Gingrich at 17 percent among the likely attendees with the caucuses that start the nominating contests seven weeks away.
Meanwhile, reports of Cain’s political death have been greatly exaggerated. His support has slipped but he’s still in the hunt in most polls. Last night his wife defended her husband on Greta’s show. And as Cain was struggling to answer a question about Libya, he was getting the BadLipReading treatment.
Thomas Sowell thinks conservatives should rally behind one candidate and worries nominating Romney will lead to a Bob Dole/John McCain style defeat.
The question now is whether the conservative Republican candidates who have enjoyed their successive and short-lived boomlets — Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain — are prepared to stay in the primary race to the bitter end, or whether their conservative principles will move them to withdraw and throw their support to another conservative candidate.
There has probably never been a time in the history of this country when we more urgently needed to get a president out of the White House, before he ruined the country. But will the conservative Republican candidates let that guide them?
In other news, Rick Perry wants a part time Congress and a host of other changes to how Washington works.
Rick Santorum will speak in Gwinnett on November 29th.
Finally, former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour told Georgia Republicans that the Obama campaign “is going to have enough money to burn a wet mule” and that Republicans should rally behind the nominee because “political purity is a dead dog loser” when so much is at stake in the 2012 election.