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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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In this second article looking at this year’s Republican Iowa Caucuses, I look at the way forward – or lack thereof – for the candidates who had a disappointing night, in particular, Congressman Ron Paul, Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, Texas Governor Rick Perry, and, finally, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich.

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As the dust settles on what can only be described as the nail-biter to end all nail-biters, it is hard to know which of the Republican candidates really feels most satisfied with the result.  As the field minus Michelle Bachmann heads to the Granite State, here is my take on the winners and losers from the Iowa Caususes.

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