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Will Super Tuesday clarify the GOP situation or further confuse things?
March 5th, 2012
05:00 PM ET

Will Super Tuesday clarify the GOP situation or further confuse things?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Super Tuesday may finally bring some clarity to the messy Republican Primary race. Or not.

Mitt Romney could be able to wind this thing down with a strong showing in tomorrow's 10 races.

For starters, he's racking up endorsements from influential conservatives - a sign that the party is ready to rally around him.

Today - former Bush Attorney General John Ashcroft threw his support behind Romney.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn - both fiscal conservatives - are backing him too.

Romney is also sitting back on top of the national polls.

But to capitalize on all this momentum, he needs to deliver tomorrow.

The biggest prize is Ohio, where Romney is neck-in-neck with Rick Santorum after trailing him by double digits.

A Romney win in Ohio would help consolidate his support among working-class voters in the Rust Belt. However, a Santorum win could mean the race will drag on longer.

Also at play tomorrow are a couple of Southern states. If Romney manages to win in Tennessee or Georgia, it would give him a big boost.

Newt Gingrich is staking the future of his campaign on Georgia, his home state.

As for Ron Paul - he acknowledges his chances are slim but he seems to be in it for the long haul.

Meanwhile top Republicans are spreading the message that a long nomination battle could weaken their chances of defeating President Obama come November.

But as we've seen since the first contests back in January, Republican voters are capable of surprising everybody - including themselves.

Here’s my question to you: Will Super Tuesday clarify the GOP situation or further confuse things?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Nate in Indiana:
I'm not expecting any epiphanies from Super Tuesday. Each of the camps has enough of a revenue stream to carry on operations, and they believe too deeply in their own arguments about why the other candidates aren't acceptable.

Jerome in Louisville:
If Romney wins Ohio, it's over. If Romney doesn't win Ohio, it's still over. Romney will still be the nominee.

Michael in Alabama:
I feel that tomorrow's primaries will do nothing but further lengthen the campaigns and cause more division. Gingrich could win Georgia, Santorum could win Ohio, and Ron Paul could actually win somewhere. Romney better prepare himself for a long, drawn-out battle to the Republican convention.

Charles:
It is obvious that there is no candidate that can defeat Obama in the general election. The growing endorsements amount to "Let's cut our losses, let Romney take the loss without our party losing it all." The Republicans need to take back their party from the "Tea Party" and Rush L. before they take back the country.

Jeff:
Nope. Not one of them will drop out no matter what the results are. This clown show is far from over.

Charles in Michigan:
Things will stay confused. Republicans have a choice between a person who keeps his wealth in Switzerland and the Cayman Islands or a person who wants to be Pope of the U.S. However it may finally get rid of Newt.

David in Las Vegas:
With the choices the GOP has at the moment, Super Tuesday means that the media will interrupt the ending of my favorite TV shows with useless updates on candidates we don't want.

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  1. Annie, Atlanta

    Romney has been chosen by the establishment, and my personal feeling is that said establishment will make sure, no matter what, that he comes out the winner. Look how they've tallied or totally disregarded votes in previous caucuses and primaries so far. It's blatant. Romney will win. It has been deemed so by the powers that be.

    March 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  2. barbara in nc

    Clarify the GOP confusion? NO

    March 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
  3. Kirk (Apple Valley, Minnesota)

    You mean clarify who the GOP loser will be? Probably not since they're all losers.

    March 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  4. Kenneth in California

    It probably won't Jack. The Tea people, the anti-gay people, the anti women people, the anti tax people, the anti Obama Republican Congressional people, have caused more splits in the Republican Party than a Hollywood marriage.

    March 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  5. TomInRochNY

    I hope not! It's been far too funny so far. Besides, this seems to be a part of the republicans jobs plan. It certainly keeps comedians employed.

    Tom, Rochester, NY

    March 5, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  6. Mack from Michigan

    Lets see..... Romney was born on third base and feels he deserves a home run. Santorum feels he can hear god almighty yelling run rick run! Ron Paul is is is, I don't know. and Newt Gingrich is wondering who the heck are these other three guys showing up at his debates! No nothing gets settled Tuesday.

    March 5, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  7. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Jack,The only thing that will clarify the the GOP is to get a R E A L !!!! candidate with bold ideas that will tell congress
    to get their act together or else.
    David

    March 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  8. Charles, Lansing, Michigan

    Things will stay confused. Republicans have a choice between a person who keeps his wealth in Switzerland and the Cayman Islands or a person who wants to be Pope of the U.S. However it may finally get rid of Newt.

    March 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  9. Jk from Minnesota

    It's hard to say, Jack. It should, there are fewer clowns riding in that clown car, but the passengers keep inserting their feet in their mouths.

    March 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  10. Susan-NJ

    Super Tuesday will keep the race going-the fat lady is not warming up yet.

    March 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  11. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    The Republican bluebloods are trying to bring the Republican race for president to a conclusion with their endorsements of Romney. But I'm afraid that with the lackluster response of the extreme conservative voters Romney hasn't sealed the deal. I do believe eventually Romney will win the nomination but I don't think that will be decided tomorrow in Super Tuesday. Romney barely won his home state of Michigan.

    March 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  12. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    Jack,

    There's little need for clarification, as the moneyed, supercilious, wafer-thin supported Governor Romney will ultimately get the nomination. Listen closely, however, for the Stanley Kowalski-type wails from the sidelines as GOP wannabes Christie, Daniels, Bush, and Ryan realize they all could have been contenders.

    March 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  13. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    If Romney walks away with at least half of the delegates and Gingrich loses Georgia, things will become quite a bit less confusing for the GOP. A new confusion will evolve however. The confusion over how the GOP can give President Obama a serious and genuine challenge with Mitt Romney as their presidential candidate in November .

    March 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  14. Richard Texas

    There is no doubt that after Tuesday the republican crystal ball will be clear as mud when it comes to the parties future. Unfortunately the longer this drags on the worse the republican party looks to voters. It is next to impossible for people to get behind a candidate that they have no faith in. It is even harder to have any hope for the future with the very limited options given by the republican party. Right now it looks like another 4 years of Obama is the best we can get and that is just sad.

    March 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  15. Conor in Chicago

    I think it all depends on the Ron Paul delegate situation. Santorum is done and Romney is the shoe-in. But, if you read some of the statements coming out of the Paul camp, they’ve apparently devised some sort of strategy in which delegates that are supposed to go to the winners of caucuses will actually go to Ron Paul as his supporters are the ones that actually stayed and agreed to be delegates with the plan to switch their votes for Ron Paul. That would be a rather aggressive deviation from tradition but I would expect nothing less from the Paul camp. Most Paul supporters see themselves as insurgents within the Republican party so such a move would fall in line with their aims and the lengths with which they are willing to go. It would also make for interesting television and politics.

    March 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  16. NateFromIndiana

    I'm not expecting any epiphanies from Super Tuesday. Each of the camps has enough of a revenue stream to carry on operations, and they believe too deeply in their own arguments about why the other candidates aren't acceptable. This primary is starting to remind me of the 1860 general election in which there were 4 candidates for president: northern Democrat, southern Democrat, Republican, and a southern Constitutional Union (basically a former whig). Lincoln carried under 40% of the popular vote, but he won because the field was so fractured. Most people failed to get what they wanted because they couldn't agree on a compromise.

    March 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  17. Ralph Spyer from Chicago Illinois

    I hope not, If Santorum owned a restaurant there would be a sign ' No long hair hippies NO service. Romney restaurant would be 5 stars ,proper dress and tie required. Newt restaurant would serve Mexican food so he could deport the enployee if they ask for a raise. Ron restaurant would allow smoking

    March 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  18. Carla from Alabama

    Jack, Super-Tuesday will only clarify how desperate the Republicans are. Remember the old anti-war poster: What if they gave a war and nobody came? Anyone who has a brain - or even common decency - will boycott Super Tuesday. Considering the nitwits running, who would want to admit they voted for any of them?

    March 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  19. Larry

    I do believe it will provide clarity.I also believe that that clarity will lead to confusion.

    March 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  20. Ed from Texas

    Jack, I'm already confused. I've been told that tax cuts bring in more revenue, but their orginal purpose was to return the surplus. I've been told the individual mandate is unconsitutional tyranny, but wasn't it originally a Hertiage Foundation idea endorsed by Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Jim DeMint.? I've been told that raising taxes is bad for the economy, but cutting expenses is good for the economy. I've been told global warming is a hoax, but wasn't cap and trade a conservative idea to deal with it. Jack, they're making me bipolar.

    March 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  21. Bill of New Mexico

    If Newt wins big in the South–and Newt claims that he will, then the convention's second vote will be required.

    March 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  22. Brian, San Diego

    It will certainly not clarify things. At best, it won't confuse things any further. All of the candidates will win something on Tuesday, which will give all of them some rationale for continuing on in hopes of a brokered convention.

    March 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  23. Jenna Roseville CA

    Will Super Tuesday clarify the GOP situation or further confuse things?

    None of these men are going to drop out. They are going to go all the way to the convention. So whatever happens tomorrow or through the rest of the primaries really doesn't matter.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    March 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  24. Gary H. Boyd

    If it were a poker game Jack, any one of them could win with a pair of duces. They're all holding weak hands.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    March 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  25. David Gerstenfeld

    With the choices the GOP has at the moment, SUPER Tuesday means that the media will interupt the ending of my favorite TV shows with useless updates on candidates we don't want.
    David, Las Vegas

    March 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  26. Thinkforyourself, OK

    Who knows??
    I just hope We the People are smart enough to elect Anyone But Obama.

    March 5, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  27. jeff thompson

    Nope. Not one of them will drop out no matter what the results are. This clown show is far from over.

    March 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  28. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    It will be clear as the tax plans, which will add Trillions to the debt, that these people have and the programs to add jobs, like thick mud. WE the people had better hope that none of them get elected in November as within 2 years there will be no middle class.

    March 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  29. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: There is nothing to clarify---the GOP is "stuck" with Mitten-–sometimes dreams are just what they are dreams-–and sometimes dreams can turn to dust or magic, depending upon the talent it brushes against--Mitten's dream of being President is just that--a dream-–and if it does matierializes-–it will surely turn to "dust." Sometimes we get what we pay for-–and in some instances we get more than we want. It is going to be a "bloodbath" for the GOP in November--Obama must be very happy!

    March 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  30. Leta

    No clear winner here come Super Tuesday – noticed how the candidates think and speak the same
    language except the no nonsense Ron Paul.

    March 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  31. Mitoosense

    In this election cycle, confusion is the new GOP normal, ask me on Wednesday.......

    March 5, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  32. Paulette from Dallas,PA

    Let's hope it puts an end to this madness. Let people be campaign free until the Conventions. The constant coverage is beginning to wear very thin and people will just shut them out and not pay any attention.

    March 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  33. Jeff In Minnesota

    While I would like to believe that, I think that might be a lot of wishful thinking on my part. These twits are going to fight it to the end because each one believes that they are right and all of the other's are wrong. And what's sad about this is that only Romney has a shot at beating Obama and the rest never come close but intend to screw things up. As a result, even if Romney had a chance, by the time of the convention, the Republican primary season will have messed up Romney's chances as well. Way to go – LOSERS!

    March 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  34. Doug Ericson

    Super Tuesday should clarify things to a point, where you can see the path Romney will take to get the needed delegates. Or, Romney does so poorly in the Southern States, the clinching numbers still aren't clear yet. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are like those air filled plastic toy punching dummies that are weighted on the bottom with sand. Every time you smack them they hit the floor but pop right back up again. If Romney doesn't stick a pin in both Rick and Newt tommorow, forget about it. No one is going to win the nomination. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    March 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  35. Pete in Georgia

    Not sure. Only thing for certain is that at least the Republicans have a choice in front of the voters unlike the BLIND allegiance from the other side all worshipping the one and ONLY annointed one.
    Zero choice.
    Zero thought.

    March 5, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  36. David of Alexandria VA

    Maybe not to the nation, but I would hope it will clarify the world to three of the mythological candidates - Rick the Unelectable, Newt the Unconstrainable, and Ron the Unfathomable. Mythological quests, like TGIF benders are all well and good until pursuing their fantasy begins to damage the real world of you and the others around you.

    March 5, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  37. Paul - North Carolina

    When you have four eminently unqualified, veracity challenged so called candidates pandering to the lunatic fringe on the right it is impossible to confuse things any further. And it can only clarify whether Romney is completely clueless about average Americans, Santorum is off the charts about the role of religion, Gingrich can control his massive ego or Ron Paul is actually from this solar system. The bottom line is; Who cares? None of these miscreants will ever win the presidency. Game over.

    March 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  38. curtis in philadelphia

    Jack, it will clarify more that confuse, repudiate a few and nominate none; in other words: the fat lady is no where in sight.

    March 5, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  39. Karl in Flint, MI

    It will be clarified for everyone except the four candidates. They aren't giving up until the last delegate is hung, on their belt.

    March 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  40. Paul From Austin Texas

    Ah Jack the 64,000 dollar question. I think the Republicans are out only out to confuse. Confuse everything to make things only better for the rich.

    March 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  41. bud rupert

    I think it's pretty much over Jack. Mr. Romney wins the day. The press and pundits will be trying to keep juice in the game but it's all but done. I must say though that Rick Santorim did have a chance. But he self destructed by taking that shot at Jack Kennedy. That's sacred territory to a lot of poeple – Republican and Democrat. Kind of showed who he really is. Inmature and lacks good judgement.

    March 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  42. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    may clarify some IF their are decisive Romney victories BUT close contests in Ohio, Georgia and Tennesse would be like the ground hog seeing his shadow. 6 more weeks of this "he said, she said" baloney and maybe even leading to a "brokered convention" madhouse in Tampa.

    THAT would be "Fun Fun Fun 'til the Dems take the Congress away"

    March 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  43. Jim, Denver CO

    Jack,
    I don't care. it has gotten so pathetic. I'm voting for President Obama, at least he is acting like an adult.

    March 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  44. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, I'm not sure whether tomorrow will clarify or confuse the race, but it sure is fun sitting back and watching the s, ah, mud fly.

    March 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  45. Peter Waterman

    Hard call, Jack. but if Hillary Clinton would jump in on the other side it would even things outr!

    Peter in Vermont

    March 5, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  46. Fred Allan in Cleveland, Mississippi

    Jack, I believe this race will continue even after the results of Super Tuesday, especially if Ron Paul manages to win Alaska, Idaho, or North Dakota. Those three states are Caucus States, and Ron Paul does well in the Caucus States. Keep in mind that Romney won Alaska and North Dakota back in 2008, and Idaho has a Mormon population that could help Romney. But in my opinion, if Ron Paul wins one, two, or even all three of the Caucus States, it will be a blow to Team Romney, and it will mean that the race is far from over.

    March 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  47. Walker in Prosperity S.C.

    After Sarah Palin, I've found that the Republicans are the most confused people on earth. No Super Tuesday can correct or clarify their thought process.

    March 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  48. John from Alabama

    Jack: No! The 4 clowns will still be running for the Republican nomination. It is like an old time silent melodrama, except these guys are awfully loud. Mitt will spend, and spend until the other three fall down. I doubt it. Newt the Hoot from Georgia might even win Georgia and maybe Tennessee, but it looks better on Tuesday, March 13th. Ron Paul will run right up until the convention. Santorum wants all the other conservatives to drop out, so Rick will shine like a real knight for the Republicans. Fat chance.

    March 5, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  49. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    As we keep stressing- its a brokered convention, or Romney gets into one of the most lopsided Democratic wins!

    March 5, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  50. Jeffery, Toledo, Ohio

    Jack, you yourself once characterized the field of Republican presidential candidates as "rejects from a Three Stooges audition", and I couldn't have ageed more. So the question begs to be asked–who cares? Let them keep tearing each other apart–it only helps our President in the long run.

    March 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  51. Kari H

    Well, it will remain confusing. Even if there seems to be a clear front runner, someone will still hang on & drag it out for as long as they can. Got to love it.

    March 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  52. Tom Bulger

    How could the poor Republicans possibly be any more confused?! I would love to think that Senator Snowe would get the recognition she has earned. In previous times she would have been making a great contribution. In these days she is called Republican in name only and primaried against. It is shameful.

    March 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  53. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    I feel that tomorrow's primaries will do nothing but further lengthen the campaigns and cause more division. Gingrich could win Georgia, Santorum could win Ohio, and Ron Paul could actually win somewhere, period. Romney better prepare himself for a long, drawn-out battle to the Republican Convention, then if he's lucky to win the nomination, dig in for a fight, cause Obama will be loaded for bear.

    March 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  54. Gigi Oregon

    I don't know if anything could clarify the GOP. Maybe, if they quit having those debates that bring out the worse in the candidates. Except from Ron Paul. He is the only one that sounds half normal. These are not nice people...are these the people we want running the once greatest nation in the world...As the Good book says "Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall know God". The God of the republican party is Capitalism. Some advice to my Republican friends in my opinion, "keep religion out of politics and politics out of The Church. I was under the understanding that you could not campaign in a church, but I noticed Rick Santorum did. In some states your church would be put on the tax roles.

    March 5, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  55. Rebecca from Georgia

    It's gonna further confuse things, I believe. Depending on who wins where, there might be a new front runner and until someone is finally chosen to go against Obama. They are going to continue to annoy everyone in one way or another. Personally I know whom I'm voting for and can't wait till this whole thing is over and I can get back to some normality without being bombarded by commercials that continue to berate the competition without showing why that person is better or what they truly plan to do when in the white house.

    March 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  56. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Romney will eventually be the Republican nominee, but what happens on Super Tuesday might make him an even weaker nominee if he does worse than expected. Thanks to Citizens United, Santorum and Gingrich can stay in the race no matter how badly they do, and they'll make President Obama's reelection even easier. Thanks, Supreme Court!

    March 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  57. Moe in Michigan

    I think it will clarify how confused the GOP is about which Dumbo is the "front-runner". It's really a shame they don't pay more attention to Ron Paul.

    March 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  58. Loren

    Confusion will be the Republican Party's epitaph this year.

    March 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  59. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    Oh, this is easy, it WILL clarify the confusion. As an independent, I am not paying attention to most their verbage. It looks like they are running for class President and nothing else matters. Ron Paul has the message but it is falling on a deaf population regarding leadership, sacrifice, and.....ethics. Back to Whitney !

    March 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  60. andy Lynn, MA

    Jack, No one is getting kicked off of the island. How about four candidates at the convention, all begging for candidates. How European. How disgusting.

    March 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  61. hooverguide

    Clarify what? Their party platform? Their vision of the future? Their tax policies? Their candidate? hahahahahahahaha

    March 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  62. Dan, california

    It sickens me to think of George bush 2.0 I mean Romney. Santorum, Gingrich, and Romney are cheap bush imitations. Ron is the real conservative, really stands for the people, for peace, and for the constitution. If people were not so blinded by the media and political gamesmanship it would be obvious that Dr Paul would best unite us and is best for our future as a nation. A truly sad day.

    March 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  63. Mark in Houston

    Will it clarify or confuse?

    Is "Clarifuse" a word? It should be, based on what we've seen so far. My guess is that Romney will pick up a substantial number of delegates, gain more momentum, and everyone else will throw out more mind boggling reasons for continuing this circus.

    My fondest wish is for brokered convention, no sitcom could compare.

    March 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  64. Jim

    Jack,

    There are 10 contests tomorrow. I'm betting Romney takes 6, Santorum takes 3, and Newt takes Georgia. I think Newt stays in hoping that wins in more southern states will put him in a strong bargaining position coming into the convention. Santorum will stay in because he's also hoping for some kind of eventual kingmaker role. Paul will stay in because he doesn't know any better. I think Romney's inevitability as the nominee will be clarified. But the eventual roles to be played by the other three will remain a mystery.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    March 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  65. Ben from Boston

    Jack,

    I certainly hope it confuses things – I would like to see the candidates continue the fight. Can you imagine what would happen if any of these Turkeys actually got elected? What a catastrophe! The longer it goes, the less chance any of them have and that's good for the country. Keep at it, GOP, keep at it.

    March 5, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  66. MARK, OKLAHOMA CITY

    Jack, Super Tuesday will simply clarify the confusion.

    March 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  67. Ed in California

    I hope Tuesday will show a clear front runner. All the Republican candidates are acting like the most important thing is speaking against abortion. Sorry, ain't even close to the serious issues facing this nation if we have to endure four more years of Obama.

    If there isn't a clear winner on Tuesday I am going to start driving around with a Mickey Mouse for President sticker on my car. Oh wait, was he Mr. Mouse born here???

    March 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  68. Julian

    It will just confuse things more, because let's be honest, all these candidates are confused and confusing already!

    March 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  69. Jerome from Louisville

    If Romney wins Ohio it's over. If Romney doesn't win Ohio it's still over, as Romney will still be the nominee. The trend is with Romney (thank God).

    March 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  70. Dan in Albuquerque

    Confusion is the byword of the GOP campaign. Don't expect anything else.

    March 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  71. Jake in Omaha

    Will Super Tuesday clarify the GOP situation or further confuse things?

    No Jack the dog and pony show will continue for months. The Republicans are coming up short in the conservative department. The only thing they have close to a conservative is Santorum and he is nuts. Ron Paul is a stuck 1789
    Newt is has moral issues. Mitt can't keep his foot out of his mouth.

    The only hope the Republicans have is Governor Christy Governor Hucklebee. If they could get them to run as a team President Obama would be back in Chicago doing committee service work in early February 2012.

    March 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  72. John Linton in Wisconsin

    Jack, your question was positioned perfectly. Clearly, Super Tuesday will clarify the GOP situation: confusion

    March 5, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  73. Bernie of Lowell.

    The GOP candidates are confused enough, especially "Yen more" Romney and Sick Rantorum. All of them would set our nation back hundreds of years. Until one of them gets Lush Rimbaugh off the air, we'll have chaos – evne more if one of these men gets elected.

    March 5, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  74. Mark I

    Momentum, even if not enthusiasm, appears to be on Romney's side. With Santorum's organizational difficulties – loss of 18 delegates in Ohio already, failure to get full delegate slate in Tennessee and Illinois, not being on the Virginia ballot – making him more and more unelectable, Romney could very well upset Santorum in not just Ohio, but Tennessee. If Santorum and Gingrich spit the conservatives in Georgia, Romney could pull off 2 upsets. Yes, tomorrow could be a game changer, but I expect all to stay in at least until the end of the March contests.

    March 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  75. H.....Illinois

    Let's hope Romney doesn't win any of them. He won't make a good President as he has too much money and does not understand about REAL LIFE. We need someone that has lived a moderate life at some time in his life, not someone born with a GOLD SPOON in his mouth. This is serious stuff and I will be voting for President Obama.

    March 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  76. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    Could these republicans be any more confused? Not from what they say. There party can't even get an honest vote count. What happened in Iowa? Do we have a count from Maine yet? etc... If they can't count the votes, it is beyond confused. It's a sham.

    March 5, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  77. Charles Borden

    It is obvious that there is no candidate that can defeat Obama in the general election. The growing endorsements amount to"Lets cut our losses, let Romney take the loss without our party losing all." The Republicans need to take back their party from the "Tea Party" and Rush L. before they take back the country.

    March 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  78. Cal Bayer

    It will clearly confuse the race further. Any momentum Romney gains is only backhanded reluctance to accept the inevitable, nd if the Republicans hate anything they hate acceptance. Super Tuesday will end Gingrich and thus spur funding for Santorum and elongate the race.

    March 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  79. Robert

    Jack, I don't think it will confuse things. In fact, Mr Santorum is now just running for Romney's Vice President.

    March 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  80. Doug T

    I live in Ohio. How and a Romney we cant trust, a Santorum we just cant bear, a Paul we just laugh at, and a Gingrich we love but cant win, provide any clarity? The only thing becoming clear is that we are likely doomed to four more years of Obama. Stinking politcs!!
    Doug T
    Canal Winchester, Ohio

    March 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  81. Matthew Johnson

    I look at it as a prelude to a new 'March Madness'....of course it'll confuse things, Newt and Santorum both seem to think they serve some purpose in the big picture and they are more 'fringe than Ron Paul, I at least think Ron Paul relishes in his role as a thorn in the others sides.

    March 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  82. Gabriel

    If it does confuse things for Romney I would suggest all four candidates be signed up for a reality tv show . Heck, include Chris Christie in the mix just for fun. Show Jersey Shore how its done on the political stage.

    March 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  83. Dean in Montana

    Clarification or confusion will depend on the media. The electorate will follow the lead of the media like a herd of cattle headed for slaughter. One more presidential term like the present, we might all be headed that direction.

    March 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  84. Brian Samuels (Chicago)

    I think the Republican voters are exhausted with this primary. Most of them truly believe Romney is the inevitable nominee. Although he may not be their ideal candidate, they will vote for him now so they can get to the general election and focus on Obama. He will amass a huge lead. Newt will drop out within the next week or so. And Santorum and Paul will hang around until June, or when the money runs out.

    March 5, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  85. Susan from Idaho

    Jack the GOP is in a state of confusion no matter who gets the nod. This has been the dog and pony show from hell. I don't think Romney will get all the egg off his face by Nov. He's no match for our guy in the white house. I'm surprised Joe the plumber hasn't jumped out of the bushes to support him.

    March 5, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  86. Warren in Ohio

    Can't wait for this political theater to be over so we can get back to just crummy corporate commercials rather than nonstop poisonous political ads; wait, we get to have it all over again during the General Election. Neither clarity nor confusion comes out of this, just confounded voters.

    March 5, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  87. Julian Torrey

    While the GOP hopes to come out with a clear winner, Mit is is to left-wing for most republicans, Rick is to far right to get any Independants to vote for him and Neyt has lied to many time for anyone to believe him. Thats one reason Ron is staying in. No I don't think Super-Tuesday is going to help the GOP.

    March 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  88. Michelle Astoria, Oregon

    It's sad to see the Republicans are so pathetic about their "conservative" and "evangelical" issues! I'm ashamed to call myself a Republican. Mitt Romney has the skills, knowledge and experience to fix our economy and national debt problems but are they listening? They make themselves more confused by not supporting the smartest guy in this race.

    March 5, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  89. Patrick from Maryland

    Yes. Super Tuesday will prove that he who has the biggest bankroll to run the most expensive negative attacks in American Political History will win. Thats Mitt Romney. But what do you expect from a Party that has a rich blowhard spokesperson like Rush Limbaugh who thinks its funny to degrade women. Romney is disconnected from Working America but he represents the rich. Anyone who would let the Auto Industry go bankrupt is a complete idiot and a danger to America. This is a contest between the have's and have nots. Its a damn shame we've come to this.

    March 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  90. Billy in Asheboro, N.C.

    Yes, the Republican fashion statement is a clear one. They are dumping their sweater-vest for a pair of flip flops.

    March 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  91. Vicki Green

    It would definitely clarify things for anyone still sitting on the fence. As long as Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gringrich keep talking (they have the foot in mouth disease) the american people have a chance of surviving the next 4 years without them. At least Ron Paul is honest. No matter how far fetched some of his ideas are.

    V. Green
    Beaumont, Texas

    March 5, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  92. S. Stenberg

    Sure, they will clearify everything all right, as clear as mud! But if you are a believer, micracles are possible!

    March 5, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
  93. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    W#hat has happened to the once-proud Republican party? My vote goes to President Obama.

    March 5, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
  94. MAMADOU NDOM

    Jack,
    Between Flip flopping, cheating, mediocrity and extremism. Super Tuesday doesn't matter, because they are laying firm foundation with no bricks base, no body trust them. That"s why this nomination race will be the longest in history, and the convention will be a mess.
    Mamadou, california

    March 5, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
  95. Jerry from Idaho a Korean Vet

    Ron Paul is the only one of the 4 candidates running that has a brain. The other 3 candidates already want to go to war in Iran, and not one of their children has ever stepped up to join the Service and never served in Iraq or Afghanistan. Romney has already made the statement that his boys chose a different path in life. To me that's not showing Patriotism.

    March 5, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
  96. Joe Johnson

    I hate to say it but NO it will only continue to cloud up the race. If republicans are going to win they must bring this to an end so there is a clear choice or we might as well get ready for more of the same. I afraid!

    March 6, 2012 at 9:18 am |
  97. charlie, Knoxville,TN

    Super Tuesday doen't matter. President Obama will be reelected. The the primary has been a circular firing squad defining the GOP as: anti-education, anti-science, anti-women, climate change deniers, gay bashers, gun nuts, theocrats, creationists, nativists, birhters, fiscal phonies and secularists....is this what real America wants? I don't think so. Congratulations to Presidient Obama.

    March 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  98. Dave, Orlando, FL

    What’s to clarify? As much as I hate to agree with Ann Coulter, she was right. Christie didn’t run, Romney will be the Republican candidate and Obama will win.

    March 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  99. andy Lynn, MA

    I pray that super Tuesday only clouds the issue of a front runner even more. At least Donald Trump realized that this is not a reality show and dropped out. I wish the campaign would last two more years. Maybe the Comedy Channel will have re-runs of the Republican campaign. What will I do for my levity fix?

    March 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  100. Walker in Prosperity S.C.

    Can the current Republican candidates ever be clarified? I see no hope. With Barbara Bush's recent comments on the current candidates campaigns it appears "draft Jeb" will be the hot topic at the convention regardless of today's outcome.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  101. Sandstone.

    "It should do. Romney has John McCain on his side (Super-Mac, you know, the guy who won nominee). John got enough of the conservatives last time, so I think he can do it again, along with enough blue-collar as well. They make a good team!"

    March 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm |