Whither Santorum and Those 'Guns and Bible' Voters?

After his stunning surge in Iowa, Rick Santorum's virtual tie for fourth place in New Hampshire is being interpreted negatively by some commentators and pundits who are gleefully declaring that the social conservative and evangelical voters -- those "guns and Bible" folks -- have run out of steam. They are also claiming that Santorum, Gingrich, and Perry are splitting the evangelical vote, making it likely that Romney will coast to a win in South Carolina as well. The New Hampshire facts are complex and defy easy interpretation.  Romney won handily with 39.6 percent of the votes cast.  Between them, Paul (23 percent) and Huntsman (16.9 percent) edged Romney with nearly 40 votes that don't really count, because neither of those candidates are likely contenders for the GOP nomination.  That leaves Gingrich and Santorum, who tied at 9.5 and 9.4 each -- meaning that nearly 60 percent of New Hampshire voters did not vote for Romney. Santorum, who sacrificed time in South...(Read Full Article)

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