Let’s let the data speak for itself, as it were.
… starting out we had this …
New Hampshire: Romney
South Carolina: Gingrich
Headlines: Romney winning
Reality: Three way horse race
… then we had this for a while …
Headlines: Romney Winning
Reality: Santorum has taken half the contests, Romney a close second
… right now this seems to be happening …
Headlines: Romney may have a Santorum Problem
Reality: Uh huh.
… the near future …
Arizona: Romney ahead in polls, Santorum closing in fast, Gingrich becoming irrelevant
Michigan: Santorum maintains a firm lead over Romney
Headlines?: Ohio is where the real contest will be!
Reality?: Are we having fun yet?
… the distant future …
Ohio: Santorum leading
General Election: Santorum and Romney equally matched against Obama
Headlines?: Gingrich and Paul leave race, Bachmann reenters Presidential Contest?!!?
Reality?: Reality hardly applies, thought, does it?
Polling from RCP