This year’s race for the Republican presidential nomination is rather odd, and not because of sexual harassment allegations orpossibly drunken speeches. The Washington Post lists five ways this year is a weird one:
- Starting late and developing slowly. Republicans lollygagged out of the gate, with Mitt Romney filing in the spring, Herman Cain in May, and Rick Perry signing on as late as August. Compare that to the 2008 elections, when John McCain filed days after the 2006 midterms, and Mitt Romney declared just after New Year’s Day 2007.
- Bowing out. Several would-be contenders—Mike Huckabee, Donald Trump, and Sarah Palin included—talked about running but never did. Seems strange, considering that President Obama is portrayed as being on the defensive.
- No real front-runner. Analysts say Romney has the pole position, but he’s puttering along with just 25%. And a surprising seven candidates have held the lead at one time or other. Is this a shifting race or an uncertain GOP electorate?
- Feeble fundraising. Republican contenders have amassed a mere $85 million, compared to $230 million by the same point in 2007. They have also spent far less time, and set up far fewer offices, in early states like New Hampshire and Iowa.
For the Post‘s fifth GOP aberration, click here.
- Gallup: Cain, Romney tied with ‘undecided’ in poll taken after sexual harassment story broke (dailykos.com)
- Romney on cruise control amid rivals’ woes (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Conservatives Launch ‘Not Mitt Romney’ Campaign, Warn Of Dire Consequences If Romney Is The GOP Nominee (businessinsider.com)