Super Tuesday takes center stage in Republican primary battle

March 6, 2012

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The outcome of the Super Tuesday Republican primary battle March 6 – with a third of the delegates needed to win the presidential nomination at stake – could be the game changer in a long campaign.

Voters in 10 states have the potential to ultimately determine if Mitt Romney is truly the front-runner, if Newt Gingrich will continue his campaign, if Rick Santorum has staying power and if Ron Paul can win more delegates and perhaps a state. 

Emory’s top national political experts have followed the national and local Georgia primary race closely, and have provided insight and analysis on the latest developments of the long campaign with numerous media outlets.

Here’s a sample of what they have to say: 

"Georgia, obviously, is one, but there are a couple other Southern and border states. Tennessee and Oklahoma, are states where [Newt Gingrich] could potentially do very well."

Alan Abramowitz, Super Tuesday is Gingrich’s last shot 



"What [Romney] needs to do is build up more of what the Reagan people did, build up more Romney, and what he did, and how he would actually perform as the President of the United States."   

Merle Black, Romney should take notes from Ronald Reagan



"A lot of money is coming into super PACs and campaigns from individuals and corporations in the energy sector.... I think there's no question this is having an impact on the whole climate change debate on U.S. energy policy, a major area of policy-making in the U.S."

Alan Abramowitz, The influence of super PACs



"Mitt Romney is in the position that he is in, precisely because so far in polls, he's the only Republican candidate that can approximate or beat President Obama."

Andra Gillespie, Trends to Watch in Election 2012