,Christopher Passante ,Elections ,Government and politics federal

Super Tuesday: Who's it gonna be?

By - Last modified: February 20, 2012 at 11:27 AM

In honor of Presidents Day, it seems appropriate that we look at the candidates racing to take the lead heading into Super Tuesday.

Super Tuesday — March 6 this year — is the day that party members in 20 states decide which candidate will represent them in the presidential race. We in the commonwealth are not a part of that super day; we vote April 24.

At the end of last week, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum basically were deadlocked as the leaders. Santorum has made a recent surge in the race for the GOP nomination. Romney has 32 percent and Santorum 30 percent. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul continue to wane, with 16 percent and 8 percent, respectively, and based on Gaullup's daily tracking from Feb 8-12.

Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri supercharged Santorum's numbers with a 14-point gain in five days. But Romney, who has held a slight lead, picked up another seven points.

So, what will the bandwagon look like heading into Super Tuesday? Will Romney continue to lead, or will Santorum gain enough of an edge to usurp him?

Christopher Passante is the editor of the Central Penn Business Journal.