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Gingrich surging–and how should Santorum voters react

I am a Santorum supporter, and am frankly disappointed that it appears–as of the last two days–that it is Gingrich, not Santorum, who is surging.  The latest national, post-Monday-debate poll from Rasmussen confirms: Santorum remains in the mid teens, along with Paul, but Gingrich has regained ground, and is only 3 points behind Romney nationally.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/sc/south_carolina_republican_presidential_primary-1590.html

I strongly suspect that we’ll see the same effect in South Carolina in new polls, with modest bump for Santorum because of the Saturday endorsements.

What do I recommend Santorum voters in SC do?  I honestly don’t know.  Vote for Santorum is what I would do.  Still, there is wisdom in Sarah Palin’s ad hoc endorsement of Newt.  Romney needs to lose South Carolina for this process to continue.  And if Gingrich pulls it out (and a similar debate performance on Thursday will do it, I think), then perhaps that helps Santorum more than Santorum coming in a strong second with Romney the winner.

It’s all very exciting–and for that reason alone I will be very disappointed if Romney wins South Carolina and then strolls to the nomination.  A protracted fight will be good for our eventual nominee.

And if Gingrich wins, and the Iowa recount shows that Santorum won Iowa, then Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich can credibly say that each has won a primary, but only Santorum did so in a state that wasn’t his back yard.

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