Mississippi and Alabama weren't kind to the Republican Party today. Instead of acting like the good 'ol Reds that they have historically (well, since party sorting) been, they bucked the party and wore their rebel label for all to see tonight. Romney has finished third in both states.
Romney's got a problem connecting to rural voters, Southern voters, and poorer voters. This is well documented. But does it matter so long as he wins the nomination? I really don't think it does. Once he's crowned in Tampa, that won't matter at all. I don't know that there's ever been a base more motivated to oust a president--anti-Obama fervor will make up for his weaknesses. These "weak areas" are the exact ones where Anti-Obama Mania is strongest. All Romney has to do is stoke the fire. It doesn't matter if they like him--he's the de facto messiah.
As for the other two candidates? Gingrich's George Wallace Regional Plan fizzled, and perhaps we can expect him to drop out in the next day or two. After all, he's only won two states and endorsing Santorum might do more damage to his nemesis, Mitt Romney, than staying in the race would. Then again, it's Gingrich--anything could happen. And besides, it's not like Mitt hasn't won the nomination already. Pundits may try to beat around the Bush (pun intended) for the sake of a story, but this game is over. All that's left to do is sit back and wait for the final score.