Pundits agree: Mitt Romney staved off Rick Santorum in final GOP debate

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, right, greets Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, second from left, as former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, left, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney watch before the start of a Republican presidential debate Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz. (Jae C. Hong, Associated Press)

MESA, Ariz. — Seated next to each another during the CNN Republican presidential debate Wednesday night, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum likely saw their candidacies go in opposite directions, say pundits scoring the debate this morning.

Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich, meanwhile, played the roles of “attack dog” and ineffectual bystander, respectively.

Santorum — now leading the Republican field in national polling — may well have watched the chance of a lifetime slip by and circle the drain on a night when he never seemed comfortable.

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