The Corner

Golden Opportunity?

First Read on Romney’s California potential: 

Romney goes back today for an unscheduled stop, as apparently the polls show it closer than the experts think. Remember, California is a Republicans-only primary, so if there ever was an electorate for Romney to target, it’s this one. Plus, the state awards delegates via congressional district — not winner-take-all — so there are plenty of delegates to grab even if Romney loses the statewide vote to McCain, who may have too much of his vote clumped in certain areas. And then there’s — again — the early vote issue. Remember, when California started voting in January, McCain had yet to win a primary. Romney’s the only campaign that had the resources to target the early vote in January; will this preparation pay off for him tomorrow night? 

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