Rich Galen

Rick Santorum will have won just three of the ten, but it seemed like he won more. He will fall farther back in the delegate race, but it seems like he closed the gap a little. He will still be far, far behind in the money race, but it seems like he has enough to do very well indeed.

Rick Santorum is not going anywhere. He will have the political support and the money to continue at least through the rest of the Spring and perhaps all the way to June.

Or, all the way to August.

Newt Gingrich had early laid claim to being competitive in both Oklahoma and Tennessee where his two high-visibility surrogates - J.C. Watts and Fred Thompson respectively - in addition to Georgia but it became clear that they were both out of his reach. As of this writing, Gingrich came in third in both states.

Ron Paul has still not won a state, but he has said right from the earliest days of this campaign that he was strictly looking at delegates. He said he had neither the stamina nor the money to do major statewide campaigning.

So, now that we have re-established that people like me have no earthly idea what is going on let me explain what's going on.

The race now largely shifts to the South which is not Romney-land.

Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana (as well as Illinois) are all still looming in March. Hawaii caucuses on the 13th and Missouri - where Santorum won the beauty contest last month - has its county caucuses on the 17th.

An hour after I started writing, at 11:08, CNN reported that Romney had pulled ahead in Ohio and the areas outstanding would likely increase Romney's lead.

So, I was right and Romney won in Ohio. But, it sure didn't feel like it.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at