NoVa still counts on Super Tuesday, even if our candidates don’t

Are you feeling a little left out on Super Tuesday? One can see why. We’re having a presidential primary here in Virginia, and Northern Virginia’s two contenders for the White House — Newt Gingrich (R-McLean) and Rick Santorum (R-Great Falls) — aren’t even on the ballot, mainly because neither ever imagined they’d still be in the race in March 2012.


Rick and Karen Santorum. “Great Falls, we know you’d vote for us if you could.” (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Second, The New York Times brought us a front-page article datelined, “GREAT FALLS, Va.,” which details Santorum’s and his wife Karen’s relatively late embrace of Catholicism, and the fact they are immersed in their Great Falls parish, St. Catherine of Siena. The article also notes that Karen Santorum, as a single nursing student in her 20s, lived for six years with a doctor who operated an abortion clinic, who was in his 60s, and had delivered her at birth. Quite an article.


McLean’s Newt Gingrich, with his wife Callista, is expected to win the state he abandoned (Georgia) to take up residence in Virginia. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Finally on Sunday, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-RoVa) snubbed his two fellow Virginians and jumped on the Mitt Romney bandwagon. So we would be remiss if we didn’t include this clip of Cantor inventing a new, bad-sounding adjective to describe the presidential campaign as he announced his endorsement on “Meet the Press:” (ht: NotLarrySabato)

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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