Keeping up with the Kandidates: Oh Maryland, My Maryland (and D.C. and Wisconsin)

Yesterday, residents of two states and a district flocked to the polls to give out some Republican delegates. The district, obviously, was Columbia. The states were Wisconsin (the state that my Dad wanted me to go to school in because of my scholarship to Marquette) and Maryland (the state I obviously go to school in).

Mitt Romney won in all three places that were up for grabs, inching past the halfway point of needed delegates to secure the nomination.

Rick Santorum finished second in both states, but was not on D.C.’s ballot. His camp was asked their plans on CNN, and they claimed they’re eyeing delegate-rich Texas and are campaigning hard in Pennsylvania, where the former senator served.

I wrote Newt Gingrich’s election obituary last week, and I’m just waiting for him to bow out once and for all. The only primary he didn’t finish last in was Maryland’s.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night was Ron Paul’s last-place finish in Maryland. After seeing him and his supporters last week, I thought he actually stood a chance to take the state. Alas, Romney pulled nearly 50 percent of the vote while Paul didn’t even get to 10.

Many media outlets now are saying it is pretty much a two-horse race: Mitt Romney vs. Barack Obama (who officially and obviously secured the Democratic nomination yesterday, as he is running unopposed).

Romney’s victory speech attacked the commander in chief. Obama is expected to take an offensive strategy as well.

The Republican nomination is not officially Romney’s, but many smart people certainly feel it will be. One thing is for sure: Romney vs. Obama is going to be a slugfest the likes of which we’ve never seen before.

If Santorum comes back and steals Texas and Pennsylvania and ends up getting the nomination then things will become even more interesting. The country might explode into all elements of class war, race war, religious war and gender war. The election’s results would cause riots and all hell will break loose. It will eventually cause the end of the world on December 21, 2012.

Ain’t it something.

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

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