The next big GOP presidential primary is Illinois on Tuesday. Mitt Romney is favored to win the most number of delegates – his likely pattern through April, which could put him ever closer to winning his party's nomination.
For Rick Santorum, the only shot at the nomination would be to win a contested GOP convention. But April should be good for Mitt Romney, leaving Santorum with only the slimmest of hopes, a delegate-math expert says.
Vice president Joe Biden spoke to auto industry workers in Ohio Thursday about the auto bailout. Biden speaks to working-class American voters, say analysts, in a race that could be between two Harvard-trained presidential candidates – Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
Conservatives voters in the Alabama and Mississippi primaries split their vote between Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, sparing Mitt Romney a potentially lopsided defeat. But long term, the delegate math still appears to be in his favor.
A pair of closely fought primaries Tuesday in Alabama and Mississippi also could render a possible final verdict on Newt Gingrich's Southern-focused candidacy and give Rick Santorum the two-man race he's sought againstRomney.