After Mitt Romney’s Arizona and Michigan primary wins, he took back over first place in national polls of Republican Party identifiers. Romney last moved ahead shortly after his Florida win, but quickly lost it when Rick Santorum hit his trifecta on February 7, with wins in Minnesota, Missouri and the major upset in Colorado. This will be Romney’s fourth time on top since last November, a volatile race. A rush of events in March began in the Washington state caucus, which Romney won on March 2.
Santorum now appears to be Romney’s chief rival, if still under-funded. Newt Gingrich has been relegated to a weak third place, and only appears to have a chance in his home state of Georgia in today’s ten-state Super Tuesday contest.