It wasn't a terrible night for Mitt Romney last night. The Republican presidential candidate, who still has a strong lead in the number of delegates required to take the GOP presidential nomination, did win the caucuses in Hawaii and America Samoa. Add in wins in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands over the weekend, and it's apparent that the man absolutely owns the U.S. territory bloc (and Puerto Rico is coming up this Saturday!).
But the high-profile races were in the American South, where Rick Santorum took both Alabama and Mississippi, while Romney finished last in both contests. Not great for Romney, but absolutely lousy for Newt Gingrich, who still has only victories in Georgia and South Carolina and had said last week that both states were "must wins" to boost his struggling candidacy.
But instead of focusing on his poor performance, the former House Speaker chose the opportunity to crack on Romney, saying, "“I emphasize going to Tampa, because one of the things tonight proved is that the elite media’s effort to convince the nation that Mitt Romney is inevitable just collapsed."
No doubt Gingrich will be coming to Tampa in late summer — but the odds that he'll be the man giving the acceptance speech at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 30 have just collapsed as well.