Trying to draw conclusions from this year’s Super Tuesday voting is tricky business. The only certainty is that there’s still a long road ahead for the Republican primary candidates. Middlebury’s professor pundits Matt Dickinson and Bert Johnson are back with an update about what happened on Super Tuesday and what it might mean going forward.
Despite Newt Gingrich’s strong showing in South Carolina, Mitt Romney stormed back and took win-all Florida by a 14-point margin in the Republican primary race. Romney has momentum and plenty of cash, so what does he have to be worried about? Middlebury pundits Matt Dickinson and Bert Johnson can think of a few things.
Is Newt Shaking Up Political Science Wisdom?
Does Newt Gingrich’s convincing win in the South Carolina Republican primary upend some long-held ideas about what’s required to win? Our pundits, professors Matt Dickinson and Bert Johnson, take up this question and other election topics in our latest edition.
Professor Pundits is our periodic update on the 2012 presidential campaign with political science professors Matt Dickinson and Bert Johnson. In this edition: Bert was in both Iowa and New Hampshire and compares the style and substance of each of the leading candidates he saw. Bert recently offered in-depth observations of Iowa as a guest blogger in Matt’s “Presidential Power” blog. Matt looks ahead to South Carolina and the challenges the candidates face in that state. And both pundits discuss the major role Super PACs have played so far in the primary.
The Republican primary race has shifted momentum so many times, it’s hard to catch your breath. Since we last checked in with our pundits, profs Matt Dickinson and Bert Johnson, the primary campaign has been quite eventful, including Herman Cain’s exit and Newt Gingrich shooting to the top of the polls. Does the idea of momentum actually make a difference? Our pundits took up this question, but they don’t agree on the answer. Hear what they have to say:
It’s been a rough few weeks for some Republican primary candidates, but a fascinating time for political observers. We checked in with Middlebury’s professor pundits, Matt Dickinson and Bert Johnson, for a rundown of the newest developments in the Republican primary, how “Occupy Wall Street” could impact the presidential race, and some of the more notable moments from the latest round of primary debates.
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