Louisiana Primary Is Over — Did It Change Anything?


Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum won the Louisiana primary this weekend, and it seems to have made little to no difference in the overall Republican presidential nomination whatsoever.

Despite a solid win over frontrunner Mitt Romney, Santorum only gained little where it really counts — the delegates. With his near 50 percent win, he managed to gain just five delegates more than Romney, who came in with less than 20 percent.

In fact, Santorum’s victory was more a media coup than an actual game changer in the race to be nominee.  Once more he has stolen headlines that continue to show a party divided, as well as any chance for the party to unify behind Romney, who’s lead is at this point nearly insurmountable.

Louisiana has served as a likely knock-out blow to the campaigns of both Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, neither of whom scored high enough in the popular vote to net even one delegate (although they could woo the five uncommitted delegates that are as of now unclaimed by any candidates).  But as neither campaign showed much inclination to drop out before this contest — despite low support, stalling campaigns and disappearing dollars — it seems unlikely that whether the two are in or not will make a difference in the long run, either.  Especially if neither man wins enough state delegate majorities to even enter his name on the floor for nomination.

Romney is currently leading in Wisconsin, as well as in California, and the upcoming calendar doesn’t look good for Santorum until the end of April, when he will have a fighting chance at another big state when his home state of Pennsylvania votes.  But with pressure mounting from the party bigwigs, the question quickly becomes whether it is possible for him to last that long.


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Rob Keenan
Rob Keenan5 years ago

One change I'd like to see from this is the end of Newt's campaign,his entertainment value having long ago been worn out.Newt should get completely out of our lives and not even return to Fox News. Seeing as this serial divorcee was welcomed into the Catholic Church,surely he can get accepted into one it's monostaries that has a vow of silence.

Santorum is just delusional enough to probably think his wide margin of victory gives him a chance at the nomination,even if through a brokered convention. If so we can expect him to be like some gnat,buzzing Romney. Completely harmless with no bite,but bugging Mitt just enough for Mitt to keep saying stupid things.

Ann Delicath
Ann Delicath5 years ago

Paul B, is your attention span so weak that you can't stay on topic for even a minute. Better have that problem checked out by a psychiatrist if your physician of choice can't help you.

Shar F.
Sharon F5 years ago

Just think of all the fuel (gasolilne expended) and air pollution created from vehicles/planes transporting candidates to all campaign events. Somebody should think of a better way to do business.

Gary Stewart
Gary Stewart5 years ago

The Republicans I've talked to here in Pennsylvania don't really care for any of the GOP presidential contenders but least of all Santorum. They still remember his support of Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey. Specter managed to retain his Senate seat one more term because of Santorum's endorsement but Santorum lost his seat to Bob Casey Jr. for giving the endorsement. Specter had to change his party allegiance to Democrat for his next attempt to hold his Senate seat but lost the primary to another Democrat who then lost the general election to Pat Toomey.

Anne Cole
.5 years ago

Nope, it didn't change anything. Frothy is still a dumbass, and Romney is still an Etch-a-Sketch.

Paul B.
Paul B5 years ago

Sorry, that quote should have been, "This is my last election. After my election I will have more flexibility." Really??? Like what, and "have we forgot about Congress." Well I think Obama wishes he could, and is trying to make that happen. Too many bills went through Dem congress with WAY TOO MANY, subject to discretion of Secretary Sebelius, or Geitner, or even worse, regulatory csar, Cass Sunstein. In other words, here Executive Office is a blank check for you to do basically whatever you want... we don't care, we just like the power of being able to pass this stuff, even if we don't really know what's in it. We trust you Mr. President, to do what you think is right, because we don't want to deal with it.

What idiots Reid and Pelosi are to give away their power like that. What were they thinking??? I bet they never guessed they would lose last November. Ignorant as to the pulse of mainstream America as well.

Paul B.
Paul B5 years ago

No... it only prolonged the eventuality, which is not all bad as it does keep the dialogue open, and continues to keep the issues in the public eye and being discussed.

It WILL end soon and then the real fun begins... holding Obama accountable for all that he has said and done these past three years. And the list is growing.

What was up with that comment he made to Mednedev? "I've only got one more term. So, we have to wait until after my re-election to discuss some of the ideas I have." Why not discuss them now, so we can tell what you have in mind for our future relationship with Russia and Putin? I am curious, aren't you?

About that and so many other ideological beliefs he will press, amnesty, gun control, single-payer, more energy regulation, fairness doctrine (limiting free speech) and mostly rendering Congress useless (doing a good job of that already). With no re-election looming, what's in store is a scary thought!!!

Jason S.
Jason S5 years ago

Good Posting, Thanks