After four nomination contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida, the Republican Party isn’t any closer to having a presidential nominee than they were on New Year’s Day. In fact, they may be further away.
With the Sunshine State in the rear-view mirror, the four remaining candidates have eight states to campaign through before the Super Tuesday contests in 10 states on March 6.
Nevada is set to hold its caucuses on Saturday and Mitt Romney looks poised to capture an easy victory, capitalizing on a large Mormon population that gave him plenty of support in 2008.
Three days later Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota will vote. Former Minnesota Gov. and presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty endorsed Romney back in September, but he isn’t so sure the front-runner can secure a victory in his state. And remember: Newt Gingrich won’t be on the ballot in Missouri.
Meanwhile, the Obama re-election team is likely none too pleased with a new Congressional Budget Office report that estimates a rise in the unemployment rate to nearly 9 percent by the third quarter of this year – the most critical point in the campaign season.
But first-time unemployment filings were down again this week and the latest monthly unemployment numbers are set to be released Friday morning.
And how could we forget – Congress is back in session. And that tax cut that nets you 2 percent of your paycheck every week? It’s still set to expire on February 29.