It’s Been a While Since Mitt or Newt Won a General Election
Recent general-election wins don’t seem to count much in the GOP presidential primary this cycle. Three of the contenders won last year, and while Ron Paul has a shot at winning Iowa, he’s certainly far from being the frontrunner; the other two candidates who won last year, Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry, will be in considerable trouble with disappointing finishes in Iowa.
It has been roughly a decade since either of the recent frontrunners won a general election, and Romney’s 2002 win in the Massachusetts gubernatorial race was his only general-election win of his career.
Candidates in order of most-recent general election win:
Michele Bachmann: 2010
Ron Paul: 2010
Rick Perry: 2010
Jon Huntsman: 2008
Mitt Romney: 2002
Rick Santorum: 2000
Newt Gingrich: 1998