Early entrance polls from CBS show a three-way race among Ron Raul, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum. According to the network, Paul’s supporters tend to be “male, younger, and many are first-time caucus goers.” Romney’s voters care most about electability, and believe Romney has the best chance of beating Obama. Santorum’s adherents appear to be looking for a “true” conservative. By true conservative, they likely mean of the socially conservative and religious kind.
In other words, Republican support seems to be evenly divided among the young (Paul), the pragmatic (Romney), and the ideologues (Santorum).
Of course, I hope the pragmatists win out. There is no point in spending millions of dollars to get a Republican elected who has virtually no chance of beating President Obama. Hopefully, the party realizes this point sooner rather than later. The last thing President Obama needs is more political dirt against the GOP frontrunner. Quicker consolidation is key for Republicans in this contest.