Mitt Romney Struggles To Attract Conservative Support

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney not only dodged a bullet in Michigan on Tuesday, but also he regained his front-runner status for the Republican nomination and extended his lead in delegates. Yet, he continues to struggle to attract conservative support.

Romney ultimately may not ever win over conservatives. But if he continues to rely heavily on negative advertising to win contests, he risks losing conservatives in the general election (if he hasn't already). Romney must remember that conservatives may well oppose his candidacy for the duration of the primary season, but they are eager to defeat President Obama. So, even if he can't win them over, he needs to make sure he doesn't turn them off so much that they stay home during the general election and give President Obama another four years.

Read more from Ford O'Connell at U.S. News & World Report

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published this page in In The News 2012-02-29 16:00:00 -0500
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