Youngman: Romney campaign stalls in Fla.
“Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) is struggling to gain “traction” in the new early-voting state of Florida, even though his campaign has been on the ground with an extensive organization since last year,” reports the estimable Sam Youngman of the Hill.com in a story titled Romney’s Campaign stalls in Fla.
Romney’s campaign said Monday that organization is only the first step, and they expect his poll numbers to improve once he is introduced to the wider state electorate.But officials said a number of factors, including the presumed candidacy of ex-Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) and Romney’s inability to lure supporters of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), as well as the expensive advertising market, further complicate Romney’s efforts to win the GOP primary in the Sunshine State.
A review of polls conducted in Florida in July shows Romney consistently coming in fourth behind former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R), Thompson and McCain in the Republican primary, which recently jumped to a premier spot in the primary calendar.
Romney has registered a boost of support in polls as McCain’s campaign increasingly is seen as struggling, but Romney advisers concede that most support appears to be moving to the undecided column … more