Alana Goodman explains that Romney actually did take Colorado and Minnesota relatively seriously:
Santorum devoted much more time than Romney did to campaigning in Colorado and Minnesota. But Romney didn’t exactly ignore the states either. He spent time there, and his Super PAC ran TV ads. As frontrunner, he had an advantage, especially in Minnesota where Tim Pawlenty campaigned for him, and in Colorado, which he won in the last GOP primary.
John Hood has questions about the Romney campaign’s spending decisions:
If the Romney team believed their own inevitability rhetoric, failing to invest for victory yesterday just as they did before South Carolina, that doesn’t auger well for their ability to make sound decisions later on. After all, two of the three states, Colorado and Missouri, will be battlegrounds in the general election. Investing in them with ad buys and organization could hardly have been considered a waste of resources. And if the Romney team did try to compete with Santorum yesterday but fell so woefully short, what does that say about their ability to compete with a far more resourceful adversary this fall?
The campaign also distributed last-minute mailers in Minnesota.
Ross Kaminsky, who lives in Colorado, sees last night’s results as a “slap in the face” to Mitt:
[M]any big guns were out for Romney, including the popular former governor Bill Owens, former Senators Hank Brown and Wayne Allard, former Congressman Bob Beauprez, and current Attorney General John Suthers. Robo-calls featuring recorded voices of many of the above were received with annoying frequency across the state in the prior 48 hours. I got at least two robo-calls featuring Mitt Romney and two more from Ann Romney. … And the state Republican Party organized a live conference call (which I listened to) during which the very popular New Jersey Governor Chris Christie aggressively supported Romney as a true conservative, as most electable, and as a good person.
Jonathan Tobin looks ahead to Michigan:
Romney needs to approach the next two primaries in Michigan and Arizona as if his hopes for the presidency depend on them, because they do. If Santorum comes out of nowhere to steal either, but especially Michigan from Romney, then not only will there be no more talk of the former Massachusetts governor’s inevitability, but it would be the end of his frontrunner status. Losing his home state would prove that all of Romney’s advantages are worthless and that Santorum’s working class appeal is real.
Via The Daily Dish. Chart via Think Progress.