Rick Santorum can’t spin his showing in Washington State as he did his narrow loss in Michigan. Mitt Romney has no roots in the Evergreen State. His father never served as governor there.
That Santorum ran third behind Ron Paul does not bode well for the former Pennsylvania Senator. As Santorum supporter Ed Morrissey reports, “campaigned in Washington this week, and the finish will create even more doubt in Super Tuesday states about his continued viability.” The 2010 CPAC blogger of the year also notes that turnout ticked up from “2008, when only 12,400 voters attended. Nearly four times that number caucused yesterday, which means that Romney can rebut the charge that he only wins contests with depressed turnouts.”
What is telling is both the margin of Romney’s victory, far above what most polls indicated — and Paul’s strong showing. The libertarian message does seem to be resonating with a growing number of Americans — and those people seem particularly engaged in the political process this year.
Let us hope that their small-government message continues to gain sway among Republican politicians.