As Mitt Romney has jogged through the early stages of the Republican primary campaign, he has offered one big argument to propel him: electability. Through challenges by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and businessman Herman Cain, the former Massachusetts governor has held that he has the best chance for the Republican Party to unseat President Barack Obama in 2012 in large part because he is the most palatable GOP option for moderates and swing voters.
Polls, including those we have looked at through Patchwork Nation’s geo-demographic county breakdown, have generally shown Mr. Romney’s admittedly self-serving analysis has been correct. In moderate, swing voting areas he does do better than his opponents.