Unsettled political year gives voters rocky ride

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Former Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney is raising speculation about his plans after announcing he will deliver a speech Thursday on the “State of the 2016 Presidential Campaign.”

The former Massachusetts governor is expected to attack leading candidate Donald Trump rather than announcing anything about his own political future.  But some political observers think Romney is positioning himself to enter the race himself as an alternative choice.

This comes just a day after Republican Super Tuesday voters showed great enthusiasm for businessman Donald Trump.  The outcome prompted retired pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson to put his campaign on hold.  But the other hopefuls, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich plan to continue fighting for delegates.

Political leaders in the St. Louis area expect candidates to campaign in both Missouri and Illinois ahead of the March 15 primaries.

Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville sent out a tweet Wednesday announcing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will make an appearance on campus this Friday.

Ed Martin, president of the conservative Eagle Forum group said, “I think we’re gonna be at the center of the storm for the next couple of weeks.  I think that is going to be exciting and good.”

Republican consultant and the chairman of Missouri’s Republican Party John Hancock describes 2016 as “a unique year.”  He added, “I’ve never seen anything quite like it and it’s not over. There’s still a long way to go in this process.”

Democratic consultant Jeff Rainford sees strong minority support for leading Democrat and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  “Hillary Clinton has actually embraced black lives matter movement.

But if the nominees prove to be Clinton and Trump, Rainford predicts what he calls “weird phenomena.”  “You will see Republicans cross over to the Dems side; you will see Dems cross over to the Republican side.   I’m not sure you will see anything like it ever again.”

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