May 8, 2012

THE POINT BEING THAT THE GOP NOMINATING PROCESS...:

Republican poll analysis: The race to November begins (ED GOEAS and BRIAN NIENABER, 5/7/12, Politico)

Setting the closeness of the election aside for a second, this data does indicate that Mitt Romney has transitioned well from the Republican primary, moving into the general election campaign in a much stronger position than many pundits would have assumed a few short months ago.  Most important, Mitt Romney now seems well positioned to make a compelling case to the broader electorate.  At the outset, it should be noted that this should have been a time when President Obama was at his strongest.  A time period when the President has been able to take his case to voters, while Mitt Romney was wrapped up in a competitive primary fending off attacks from his rivals for the Republican nomination.  That is not the case, however.  Mitt Romney not only leads President Obama by one-point (48% to 47%), but holds a six-point lead (51% to 45%) with those voters that are "extremely likely" to vote. 


...could only have lost the election, not won it.  So long as the eventual nominee was plausible it made no difference who he was.  The incumbent is al that matters.



Posted by at May 8, 2012 5:54 AM
  

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