Thursday, February 9, 2012
Romney Strong In South? He Just Aint' Whistling Dixie!
It's been a long held belief Mitt Romney doesn't have a ghost of a chance to earn votes in the South. However, four polls recently released show Romney running surprising strong. New polls reveal Romney is leading, tied or making significant inroads against his two competitors in Dixie.
In a new Alabama poll released today Romney LEADS Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich by 4 and 5 points respectively. Romney leads in Alabama (yes... you read that right) with 27% in the state conquered by Vincent LaGuardia Gambini in 1992
A Georgia poll on Feb 3, Romney has gutted Gingrich's lead from 53 points in December to just 13 points currently.
And the Super Tuesday state which Gingrich is staking his campaign's viability on, may not be as easy as he assumes. Romney staged a rally tin Atlanta last night and may make an effort in the state in order to force Gingrich to play defense on his alleged turf.
Add these factors to the polls released yesterday showing Romney running away with Virgina and tied in North Carolina, and it appears the breathless anticipation of a Romney implosion may be a little premature.
Rick Santorum, despite his Iowa win didn't resonate in South Carolina or Florida. While he did stage a sweeping victory on Tuesday in the Midwest, he has yet to prove himself down South. So while Gingrich continues to flail and look increasing passe, Romney can run a very competitive Southern race. Since most of these states are proportional in their delegate selection, Romney running close ensures none of the other two will break out, while he continues to maintain is delegate edge.