Finally, Some Clarity in GOP White House Field

Many questions remain, but some big dropouts help frame the 2012 Republican presidential primary battle.

At long last, the Republican presidential field is starting to take shape, setting the stage for a nine- or 10-month campaign that will result in the crowning of a GOP nominee next spring.

Mitt Romney’s official but hardly unexpected entry into the race Thursday makes the former Massachusetts governor the front-runner for the right to take on President Obama in November 2012. But his path to the nomination is not clear, and at this point the odds of winning the party’s nod are only slightly in his favor.

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Richard Sammon
Senior Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter