With Florida behind them, the GOP presidential candidates head into another round of contests in February.
First up is Nevada, which holds its caucus this Saturday, February 4. Mitt Romney may be able to continue his momentum from his Florida win into frontrunner status in the state, which has a strong Mormon voting bloc. Also on Romney's side is the fact he won the state during his 2008 presidential campaign.
However, Ron Paul's campaign says he also has a strong presence in Nevada, as well as support among LDS voters. Romney aides reportedly consider Paul to be a contender in the state.
Maine also begins its week-long caucus Saturday, which concludes on February 11. Romney may also gain front-runner status in this race, as he is the only native New Englander campaigning. He also won the primary in nearby New Hampshire.
Colorado holds its caucus on February 7. This swing state has been eyed by some of the hopefuls as a place to gain an edge. Rick Santorum in particular has focused on Colorado recently, releasing a scathing attack ad against Gingrich in the state Tuesday. He has also gained the support of Focus on the Family leader James Dobson in Colorado Springs. Romney reportedly considers the Colorado vote crucial in the general election against President Obama.
Also on February 7 is the Minnesota caucus. Romney headed to Minnesota after the Florida results, and Newt Gingrich is reportedly planning to campaign hard here.
Minnesota is also the home of ex-candidate Michele Bachmann, who has yet to endorse a candidate. Announcing her endorsement before the caucus in her home state may increase the influence of her endorsement. Bachmann's former campaign manager Keith Nahigian was at Romney headquarters Tuesday, and huddled with several top Romney aides. Romney also has the support of former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Missouri also has a non-binding primary on the 7. The show me state is a key presidential bellweather in the general election, and Romney has most of the establishment sewn up. Gingrich is not on the ballot.
Michigan holds their primary on February 28. This is the state Romney grew up in, but he did oppose the automakers bailout, a fact sure to appear in attack ads. Former candidate and current Michigan congressman Thad McCotter blasted Romney for opposing the bailout, but after withdrawing from the race endorsed Romney.
Finally, Arizona also holds their primary on the 28. Romney is backed by Senator and 2008 Republican presidential candidate John McCain, which cuts both ways in Arizona. Expect the Romney-Gingrich fight over illegal immigration to be a big player in this contest.