Romney “wins” Iowa

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A lot has been posted about Mitt Romney’s win of the Straw Poll at the Iowa Caucus on Tuesday night. While he beat Rick Santorum by 8 votes, how many of his supporters stuck around to be voted as Delegates to the County Caucus, which in turn selects Delegates to the State Caucus which decides on who will get the support of the Iowa Delegates at the Republican Convention.

It is well known that Ron Paul (who came third) supporters were being told to stick around after the vote so therefore, he may actually do quite well on delegates here, if he manages to win a few a states.

The one good thing to come from the Iowa Caucus was the withdrawal of Michelle Bachmann. This narrows down the field of potential nominees, which is what these early contests are all about.

Remaining in contention now for the Rebublican Nominee are:

  • Newt Gingrich
  • Jon Huntsman
  • Ron Paul
  • Rick Perry
  • Mitt Romney
  • Rick Santorum

New Hampshire Primary is the next Tuesday  and will be interesting as Jon Huntsman completely ignored Iowa so that he could concentrate on New Hampshire. If this is a good idea is hard to tell as New Hampshire only has 12 delegates to commit in comparison to Iowa’s 28 has due to New Hampshire breaking party rules on Primary dates and receiving a 50% reduction in delegates.

For a full list of delegate numbers see thegreenpapers.com

Its still a long road to the Convention in Tampa, Florida in August.

Caucus, what is it? and its a musical???

As its Caucus day in Iowa here are a few things online I’ve found on a Caucus.

First there is gay.com’s guide to Caucusing which i found very interesting and explained it all to me!

Then I came across this podcast on the Guardian website about Caucus! The Musical. Now it sounds like a fantastic political musical and i would love to see it.

Reviews for the musical

“‘Caucus! The Musical’ has some fun with the state’s venerable but sometimes tiresome electoral tradition.” – LA Times

“It is unclear when the stagehands’ strike will end, but Off Off Broadway, you can catch a theater event full of political intrigue and featuring a showstopper of a tap-dance number called “The Tough Question Sidestep.”” – NY Times

“‘Caucus! The Date’ isn’t ready, but ‘Caucus! The Musical’ will be” – USA Today

“Sure, politics makes for great theater—so why not a musical?” – US News & World Report