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Well that was unexpected wasn’t it?

When on Monday Jon Huntsman ran up the white flag and endorsed Mitt Romney, it looked like the path was clear for that most unexpected of results in American presidential politics – for the tallest, richest candidate with the nicest hair to get an easy victory.

And yet later that day something strange happened as Newt Gingrich staged yet another comeback by slamming Juan Williams when the Fox News Debate moderator suggested that calling Obama a ‘food stamp president’ and suggesting poor African Americans need to be taught the importance of work was racially insensitive. On Martin Luther King Day no less! The impact of that coupled with Mitt Romney having a rare bad week created a tsunami that turned comfortable Romney opinion poll leads to a thumping Gingrich landslide with Newt leading Romney by 41% to 27%.

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Mitt Romney is most certainly not my first choice in this race, but he is my final choice.  This race lacked the gravitas of the 2008 contest.  I had wished upon anything that former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee would run.  He didn’t.  Then South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint declined a run.  Were he to run he would have almost certainly locked in the Tea Party vote.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was out, then thought about jumping in, then declined and backed Governor Romney.  It says a lot about the race when more focus is on those who declined to run than those already in the running.

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It comes around once every four years and sees the whole global media circus descend on a poor, unsuspecting location whilst its inhabitants are the victims of mind-warping amounts of expensive advertising. No I’m not talking about the Olympics, but the Iowa Caucus. Join me through out the night for thoughts on the situation in Iowa and how it impacts the race to be the next Republican Presidential nominee (scroll down for updates)

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