Opening Act: 5.8%

Opening Act: 5.8%

Opening Act: 5.8%

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Feb. 1 2012 8:01 AM

Opening Act: 5.8%

THE SKY -- Before we get carried away analyzing What Florida Means, let us calculate how close to the GOP nomination that each candidate actually is. The nominee needs 1,114 pledged delegates. Here's the progress towards that number, based on CNN's count of pledged delegates.

Mitt Romney - 5.8 percent
Newt Gingrich - 2.2 percent
Ron Paul - 0.9 percent
Rick Santorum - 0.6 percent

Actually, that doesn't help us very much. The Internet likes charts, doesn't it? Here's a chart.

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Suddenly, you're more sympathetic when Newt Gingrich talks about fighting this out for months, and musing about the bills he'll put on his desk on january 20, 2013. You're at least more sympathetic about half of this.

Tabin thinks Newt'll sink further.

Dickerson thinks Romney's Cloak of Inevitability has been restored.

Cogan thinks it's time for Roementum already.

Smith thinks it was good for Florida. Oh, he would say that.

David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post.