by Steven Ertelt
February 6, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Voters in three states have the next shot at selecting a Republican presidential candidate when they head to the polls on Saturday. The three major Republican candidates John McCain, Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney will head to Louisiana, Washington, and Kansas to appeal to GOP voters.
All three states hold presidential contests with Kansas Republicans caucusing and Louisiana and Washington Republicans casting primary ballots.
Without polls in any of the states, political observers are left to guess as to where GOP voters will go.
McCain will likely head into the weekend with much-needed momentum that should help him in each of the states, but Romney can still pump large amounts of advertising into the states and Huckabee experienced a resurgence of sorts with his southern state wins.
Huckabee could do well in Louisiana, another southern state where a very large contingent of pro-life voters will likely side with him. He told morning talk shows on Wednesday that he thinks he will do well in Kansas and that he could possibly win Virginia.
Romney has done well in caucus states with a strong organization and financial backing and both he and Huckabee could benefit from Louisiana and Kansas having a contest open only to registered Republicans.
McCain fares well with moderate and liberal Republicans and could poll better in Washington state.
After the three diverse states, Republicans participate in the "Potomac Primary" next Tuesday in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.
As of Wednesday morning, the Romney camp told CNN it plans to air significant advertising in the Baltimore and Washington markets.
Maryland and the District of Columbia both have closed primaries and all three candidates will campaign hard in Virginia, the state with the most delegates and one with a winner-take-all designation.
On the Democratic side, voters will participate in a primary in Louisiana and caucuses in Nebraska and Washington state on Saturday. Democrats participate in the Potomac Primary as well.
Beyond those races, both parties have primary battles in Hawaii and Wisconsin on February 19 and that concludes the February contests.
On March 4, all candidates will focus on the mini Super Tuesday as the large states of Texas and Ohio weigh in as well as voters in Rhode Island and Vermont.