Don’t be so quick to make the 2012 Republican presidential nomination into a two-man race between former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Governor Rick Perry. The first round of voting in Iowa is four months away. Much can, and if history is any guide, will probably happen between now and then to change the field of competitors in the GOP race. Lest we forget, at this time in the 2008 presidential contest, the GOP presidential lineup was far from the final McCain-Palin ticket presented to the Republican convention that summer.
Consider this item that appeared four years ago in the St. Petersburg Times blog of September 19, 2007, four months prior to the 2008 Republican Iowa caucus: “New poll results from American Research Group: Rudy Giuliani 26%, John McCain 18%, Fred Thompson 16%, Mitt Romney 14%.” And the Democratic picture? The poll indicated “Among likely Democratic voters: Hillary Clinton 47%, Barack Obama 19%, John Edwards 9%.” It’s too soon to place your bets. Unless you’ve got money to burn.