That’s right.  In a comprehensive survey of everyone sitting in the driver’s seat of my car, conducted immediately upon leaving the polling location, one hundred percent of those surveyed voted for Rick Santorum.

100%!!  I don’t think I have seen numbers that high in a Republican Primary here in Ohio.

Seriously, here’s how I think it will play out.  Romney and Santorum will come close to splitting Ohio, with Gingrich coming in a distant third, and Ron Paul an even more distant fourth.  I think Romney will do better than that overall on Super Tuesday, getting around 40% of the Republican votes compared to Santorum’s 30%.  It will come down to a brokered convention at the end of August, probably with all four still in the contest, and Romney coming out on top.  My vote for Santorum today will help him have a little more power when the negotiating starts.

For me, Ron Paul is off the table.  He’s too libertarian for me, not enough of a Republican.  I like Newt Gingrich – not everything he has done, but a lot of his positions.  I think that during a debate with Obama, he’d be able to wipe the floor with the current president.  Unfortunately, his negatives are too high.  He comes off a bit arrogant or egotistical.  So I think it will be down to Romney and Santorum.  Mitt Romney has more money and better organization.  I think he will be ahead when the convention rolls around, but still not have the magical 1144 delegates needed to wrap up the nomination.

But I don’t know what sort of a deal Santorum would want in return for his delegates.  The problem (and it’s a good thing) is that he’s not a politician.  He’s not angling for personal gain out of this.  He doesn’t want to be ambassador to Italy, or to get some federal judge’s chair.  He wants to be president.  Maybe he could throw in with Gingrich and let Newt negotiate whatever is in their combined best interest.  I don’t mean to imply that Newt is in it for his own personal gain, but he’s a politician – Speaker of the House for four years.  He will know how to negotiate.

So I cast my vote for the one I think is best, not the one I think will win.  It’s not a time to be playing odds – it’s a time to vote your heart.