After Rick Santorum’s hat trick on February 7, Mitt Romney has been on a roll, narrowly besting Ron Paul to win the Maine caucuses on February 11, with Santorum a distant third. On Tuesday, the former Massachusetts governor edged the former Senator in Michigan and beat him soundly in Arizona. A few days later, he was proclaimed the winner in the Wyoming caucuses.
Wedged between the Michigan/Arizona primaries and Super Tuesday the Washington state GOP caucus hasn’t received a lot of attention. At least for now it looks like it could give Rick Santorum some momentum headed into the critical March 6th contests. He leads there with 38% to 27% for Mitt Romney, 15% for Ron Paul, and 12% for Newt Gingrich.
Romney and Paul have since surged, with Romney leading Santorum by 13 points as he and the Texas Congressman battle for second place.
UPDATE: Well, if Santorum didn’t win Washington State, he needed to come close. And he did, just 500 votes behind Ron Paul’s second place finish, though, in the county count, the libertarian Congressman enjoyed a 2-to-1 margin over his Pennsylvania rivalry, winning 9 to Santorum’s 4. Romney carried 26.
Romney ran 13 points ahead of Paul, 14 ahead of Santorum. Quite a shift in just two weeks. From down by 11 to up by 14.