Keeping up with the Kandidates: Santorum finishes 19th

Tonight’s blog post title doesn’t reference tonight’s primaries in Arizona and Michigan, but rather the Daytona 500. Rick Santorum might not have raced in Monday’s postponed contest, but Tony Raines sure did. And Santorum’s name was all over his car.

So, basically, a Santorum advertisement circled around the track to the thousands in attendance and the millions more watching on FOX. It circled for 500 miles. That is a win in itself for Santorum — a brilliant campaign move, no doubt, even though Raines finished in 19th place.

Mitt Romney, meanwhile, seems to have taken first place in Arizona and Michigan (his birth state). The other guys didn’t stand a chance. Santorum finished second in both states and Ron Paul finished third.

Romney’s wife thanked the big boosters in Michigan, including one kid rocker by the name of Kid Rock. (I slapped my own face when she said that he supported the campaign. Who cares?)

Romney, meanwhile, said this little ditty himself: “A week ago the pundits and the pollsters were ready to count us out.”
Santorum said something similar. It’s funny how the two leading kandidates are trying to play the underdog card.

The biggest surprise of the night was Newt Gingrich finishing in the cellar in both states, especially after many pundits crowned him the winner of last week’s Arizona debate.

However, Gingrich will have a strong chance in Georgia next week. The Peach State is taking part in Super Tuesday, and Gingrich served as a Representative there for 20 years, so he has an advantage.

Meanwhile, in the White House.

The only reason I want to be president one day is so that I have a chance to jam with some great musicians like Obama did. In 40 years, though, the musicians I’d be jamming with I probably don’t even listen to today. Me, president of the United States, groovin’ with Gaga, the Beibs, Ke$ha and Drake. What a rip-off.

Super Tuesday is next week. Ten states hitting the polls, including Alaska. Will Sarah Palin get a write-in upset victory? That’d make the race more interesting.

I’ll probably have some things to say leading up till then, so if you care then listen in @kandidates4prez. If you don’t care, well you should follow anyway so you can just tweet nonsense at me.

Bon voyage.

Juan Cervantes is a junior history major and student blogger for The Diamondback.

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