Republican presidential hopefuls head to The Magnolia State tonight for one of three Republican Presidential events this evening in Mississippi today for the 2012 Mississippi GOP Primary. Voters will determine whether Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul or Rick Santorum will get their state’s nomination for the Republican Presidential nomination.
With Super Tuesday now in the rear view mirror, the primaries begin to take a bit less precedence as Romney gears up for what’s sure to be a campaign for president against Barack Obama. But the primaries must go on, and go on they will tonight in Mississippi.
Here is the livestream of the Mississippi GOP Primary:
And here’s more on the night’s events:
Mitt Romney has been rolling along the campaign trail after suffering a brief setback in Florida. Romney has won three of the five early-season elections and has put quite a bit of distance between himself and Newt Gingrich. Gingrich has earned some momentum with a strong showing in South Carolina two and a half weeks ago, but he summarily shot himself in the foot when he – quite literally – aimed for the moon in Florida. Romney won the Florida primary handily, and is pretty much ready to cruise to the Republican Presidential Nomination after taking over 50% of the votes in Nevada last weekend.
You can watch the Mississippi GOP Caucus results online above. There is a second caucus taking place today in Alabama, and you can watch the results of that election here.
Romney has won New Hampshire, Florida, Nevada and Maine and was at one point the winner in Iowa before that ruling was reversed in favor of Santorum. Gingrich won South Carolina over a month ago, but has been unable to build a strong opposition to Romney since. Somehow, despite being the only remaining candidate without a primary win to his name, Ron Paul is still being viewed as the only real threat to Gingrich and Romney, primarily because Santorum tends to be too similar to Gingrich.
After polling so well on Super Tuesday, it is tough to imagine that Romney will trail off much in Albama or Mississippi today, but it’s still very much anyone’s game, as all the candidates still need hundreds of delegates to earn their party’s nomination.
Both Gingrich and Paul are clinging to their campaign lives over the next few weeks, and unless one of them can come up in a big way – and soon – it’s likely that the Republican Presidential nomination will be down to a two-man race.