GOP Field Lacks Frontrunner

Three states, 3 winners—and there could soon be 5
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2008 3:45 AM CST
Republican presidential hopeful former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to supporters after winning the Michigan primary in Southfield, Mich., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008. (AP Photo/LM Otero)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Mitt Romney's Michigan win leaves the outlook for the GOP as muddied as before, writes the New York Times. So far in the race, three different Republican candidates have won three different states appealing to three different sets of voters. With South Carolina and Nevada voting this weekend, the GOP race could soon have five frontrunners.

The divided results highlight the fractures in a Republican party unsure of who can best carry on the legacy of Ronald Reagan, who unified disparate elements of the GOP that were held together by George Bush. "I don’t know how you put Humpty Dumpty back together again," said Reagan's biographer, although he added that Romney seemed to be trying hardest.