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Will Mitt Romney Be the GOP Presidential Nominee?

Will Mitt Romney Be the GOP Presidential Nominee?

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney squeaked by in a narrow victory in the Iowa caucuses late Tuesday night, beating the recently surging former Sen. Rick Santorum by only eight votes. Though Romney has hovered in the top-tier of the GOP 2012 field for months, he has been challenged by a string of candidates vying for the far-right wing of the party that doubts Romney’s conservative credentials. Though Romney’s win in Iowa is an improvement from his 2008 caucus performance when he lost to former Gov. Mike Huckabee, many are still reluctant to call Romney the “inevitable” nominee, especially as the supporters of Rep. Michele Bachmann, who dropped out Wednesday, may rally behind Santorum. Nevertheless, Romney has long been polling strongly in New Hampsire, site of the next primary, while Santorum has spent a large majority of his time and energy in Iowa. Here is the Debate Club’s take on whether Mitt Romney will be the GOP nominee.


The Arguments

#2
5 Pts
After His Iowa Win, Mitt Romney Is Unstoppable

Yes – After His Iowa Win, Mitt Romney Is Unstoppable

Michael Marshall Policy Adviser and Communications Director to former Sen. Bob Dole

#3
1 Pts
Iowa Picked the Most Legitimate Candidate

Yes – Iowa Picked the Most Legitimate Candidate

Fergus Cullen Former Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party

#4
-10 Pts
Rick Santorum Can Still Win Over GOP's Heart
#5
-11 Pts
History Proves It's Still Anyone's Race

No – History Proves It's Still Anyone's Race

Mark Meckler Cofounder of Tea Party Patriots


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