After last night’s debate it seems everyone is ready to pack it in and give the Republican nomination to Mitt Romney. His steady polling and the Gov. Christie endorsement are causing some people to call Romney’s nomination inevitable. But I just wanted to remind everyone about how the polls were looking in October of 2007. Here’s an AP poll on the Republican side from that time:
And here are the Democrats:
In politics things can change in an instant. To say anyone at the top of the polls right now is going to be the nominee would be foolish. I think you can use the polls to say who is (Romney, Perry, Cain) and isn’t (Santorum, Gingrich, Bachmann, Huntsman, Johnson, Paul) in contention but to start handing out the medals is silly. Potential candidates still have until the end of the month to get their names on the ballot in the early primary states, so the crop of candidates we see now might not even be complete. Everyone’s rushing to conclusions but until January comes around it’s nothing more than speculation.