Southern Scramble – Ten factors to watch

Organizational muscle
Mississippi, more than Alabama, is an example of the organizational debate brewing within the GOP. Romney has the backing of prominent Republican officials there, from the governor to Henry Barbour, a top-ranked party official and confidant of the influential former governor Haley Barbour.

But Santorum has the support of numerous church and community leaders, and Gingrich has tea-party activists working with his team. Once the dust settles in the Magnolia State, Romney and his allies will get a sense, for better or worse, whether the support of GOP grandees matters down south.

National Review Online
3/13/12