Despite his drawbacks (Romneycare and perceptions of his Mormon faith), Mitt Romney is without a doubt a top-tier GOP presidential candidate. How do I know this? Because Romney, along with Mike Huckabee, is polling better than Obama in Florida, a state at the top of the “must-win” list for both parties in 2012.
If Romney can win the New Hampshire, Florida and Nevada GOP nomination contests, he would have the inside track for the GOP presidential nomination. The question for GOP primary voters is: are they willing to accept a “compromiser,” just so they can beat Obama? If the answer to this question is yes, then Mitt Romney could have a strong shot at the nomination. If he can’t close the deal early, he’ll be fighting in the trenches all the way to Tampa.
Given the likely importance of independents, Hispanics and seniors in deciding the 2012 election (particularly in Florida), if Romney were to pick Brian Sandoval, Susana Martinez or Marco Rubio as a running mate, he could have a ticket that connects with a broad swath of voters in the swing states and have a credible shot at moving Barack Obama out of the White House.
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