Magazine April 2, 2012, Issue

Romney’s Hidden Strength

(Roman Genn)
High gas prices and non-southern voters give him an underappreciated edge

After the 2008 elections, liberal bloggers chortled that the Republicans were becoming a “rump regional party” (the phrase became a cliché) that couldn’t compete outside the South. The 2010 midterms blew that theory out of the water, with GOP gubernatorial, senatorial, and House wins across the map. Now the front-runner for the party’s presidential nomination, Mitt Romney, is doing a feat that seemed even more improbable: building a big lead in the national race while performing poorly in southern states.

Yes, Romney won 60 percent in Virginia, but due to exigent listing requirements, he faced only Ron Paul on the ballot.

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Saving Sovereignty

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Worth a Kingdom

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Letters

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The Week

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Athwart

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Poetry

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