Louisiana votes today
Louisiana will be the last state to vote in March in the Republican presidential candidate contest.
According to a opinion polls average published in RealClearPolitics, Rick Santorum is likely to take 42% of the vote with Mitt Romney on 28%. Newt Gingrich is on 18% and Ron Paul is last on 8%.
Mitt Romney has yet to win a southern state; nevertheless he has a commanding lead in the overall total number of delegates garnered so far. Romney is on 560 delegates to date, about half the number he needs to cross the winning line but with big hitters in the Republican Party now starting to close ranks around him.
Realistically Rick Santorum is now the only other candidate still in the race with 246 delegates, but despite an expected big win today he doesn’t look like a winning candidate any more.
Newt Gingrich has 141 delegates in the national race with Ron Paul on 66 delegates. Both these candidates look as though they are just limping along and it is hard to see how they can stay the course for much longer.
After today’s primary, which is a closed proportional primary, the next contests will be on 3rd April in Columbia, Maryland and Wisconsin.