published Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Primary results don't ease doubts about Romney's backing among conservatives

Super Tuesday boosted former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's hopes to be the Republican nominee for president, but his inability to pull decisively ahead despite a vast campaign financing advantage only adds to questions about his chances of defeating President Barack Obama in November.

Romney took a razor-thin win in Ohio, as well as wins in Virginia, Vermont, Idaho, Alaska and Massachusetts. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum won in Tennessee, Oklahoma and North Dakota and was the extremely close second-place finisher in Ohio, though he is running on a shoestring budget. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich won overwhelmingly in Georgia.

So far, Romney has been able to win only two states in the South: Florida and Virginia. But Florida is demographically quite different from other, more conservative Southern states, and in Virginia, Romney benefited from the fact that the two more conservative GOP candidates -- Santorum and Gingrich -- were not on the ballot.

The reality is, Romney is struggling to motivate conservatives. That may not be too important in states such as Tennessee and Georgia, which are unlikely to vote for ultraliberal Obama no matter who the Republican candidate is. But it is far more problematic in swing states such as Ohio, where Romney won Tuesday but with less than two-fifths of the vote. The combined Ohio votes of Santorum and Gingrich exceeded 50 percent, which hints anew that moderate Romney's success so far in the primaries is in considerable measure linked to the splitting of more conservative votes.

The Republican nominee will have to win a number of swing states to defeat Obama in the fall, but it is uncertain whether crucial conservative voters would turn out in sufficient numbers for Romney in those states.

Despite Romney's higher delegate total so far, for many Republican voters, he has not yet sealed the deal.

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Ultraliberal Obama?

Obviously you haven't seen the analysis of Presidents, which indicated that Obama was the least liberal Democratic president since Woodrow Wilson. John McCain even pointed out that Obama voted more for Bush's proposals than HE did. (While simultaneously trying to argue that Obama was also a liberal paragon!)

Look, here's your problem, you feel a need to label the President, and you don't care about the accuracy of your descriptions, just the emotional impact.

Get over yourself, realize it's probably too late to offer a valid candidate for this election season, and that the current clown show will guarantee you'll have to make plans for 2016.

March 8, 2012 at 10:14 a.m.
shifarobe said...

LOL, happy you're a class A fool. Obamboozle is nothing but leftwing and ultra liberal. You blithering idiot. At this point to try and convince otherwise is nutty. You, look. It doesn't matter who comes out at the GOP convention, every one of them is better than the commie in the White House, and 10x smarter, I might addLOL

March 9, 2012 at 12:06 a.m.

Yeah, keep telling yourself that. Obama is anything but the leftwing ultra-liberal you want him to be, and the only way somebody might come out of the GOP convention who doesn't belong in a clown car is if all four of the current jokesters drop out, and give it to somebody competent. You're the nut that you can't see it.

Rick Santorum thinks we should all follow his religion. Ron Paul wants us all to worship his Golden Idol. Newt Gingrich believes so much in himself he thinks we should love him as he abuses us. And Mitt Romney...has spent millions making us hate the other three guys, but can't find a reason for us to even respect him.

And no, I don't believe him about the grits.

March 9, 2012 at 8:17 p.m.
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