The race for the hearts and minds of local activists in the early Republican primary states remains up for grabs. Mitt Romney may be the overwhelming favorite of the most powerful Republican insiders, but his hold on grassroots advocates appears more tenuous. That's the message of the latest Power Outsiders survey conducted by The Huffington Post and Patch.This first graph shows that Romney doesn't have many more endorsements than the others:
Two-thirds of the influential local Republicans we surveyed in the early primary and caucus states have not yet publicly endorsed a candidate for president. Romney currently leads in terms of potential support, but both Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich have almost as much appeal, and Rick Perry matches Romney in public endorsements from our survey respondents.
But now it gets interesting.
It seems that many of these grassroots activists simply have not made up their mind yet as opposed to just not liking someone:
When asked WHICH WAY THEY ARE LEANING, Mitt Romney's unimpressive numbers take on new meaning:
Romney also comes out on top when it comes to the LEAST amount of those who would not endorse a candidate under any circumstance. Here Romney does better than the others:
Mitt Romney 10%
Herman Cain 13%
Newt Gingrich 17%
Rick Perry 26%
Rick Santorum 33%
Jon Huntsman 46%
Ron Paul 48%
Michele Bachmann 48%
The full story, names of the outsiders, and other findings are HERE.
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