Politics in America: Republican primary shift

Bethany Dixon, Staff Writer

The Republican primary has shifted again. Mitt Romney tends to be seen as the default candidate and is often considered to be the most practical one. Many voters feel that Romney would stand the best chance in the general election. But since he is often seen as the “Yankee Governor,” his numbers are not as strong in the South.

However, it appears Romney could have at least a chance at winning South Carolina, with an economic plan that has been argued to make the most sense of any of the candidates, according to voters.

Romney’s political team initially feared that his  Mormon religion would become an obstacle in his campaign; however, it has not been much of an issue thus far.

Meanwhile, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is back on the rise, being the latest candidate to see a rise in the polls. He has added staff to his campaign team.

Gingrich has taken Herman Cain’s second place behind Romney in the polls, although Cain still remains close behind Gingrich. Cain has remained strong in the polls, despite multiple allegations of sexual harassment.

Cain has received some criticism after a comment he made regarding Anita Hill, the woman who accused Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991. In a scene that Fox News managed to get on camera, when Cain was asked if Hill had tried to contact him, he responded by joking, “Is she going to endorse me?”

On the Laura Ingraham Show, Newt Gingrich questioned the timing of the comment.

“I think if you look at the concerns we have about issues like sexual harassment, look at the tragedy at Penn State,” Gingrich said. “If you look at how people feel in general about this kind of stuff, it’s not something to joke about.”

Cain has since tried to amend the situation, stating that he didn’t intend to insult Anita Hill. Beyond that, he has refused to answer any questions about Hill.

Gov. Rick Perry has faced multiple stumbles during the past few weeks. During the Wednesday, Nov. 9, Republican debate, Perry began to explain his presidential plans should he win.

“It is three agencies of government when I get there that are gone,” Perry said. “Commerce, education, and the — what’s the third one there? Let’s see, commerce and, let’s see, I can’t. The third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops.”

Perry’s campaign team tried to explain that the stumble was a “human moment,” and allowed voters to see that he is “authentic.” Perry has continued to drop in the polls.

Rep. Ron Paul is in fourth place in the polls, followed by Gov. Rick Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann. Former Gov. Jon Huntsman and Sen. Rick Santorum are tied at the bottom of the poll.