ELECTION 2012:: Romney Inability To Clear Field Leads To Possibility Of Contested Convention, More GOP Names – Fox News
In the Republican presidential primary race, enthusiasm frequently turns toward the candidates not in the race.
And as the August Republican national convention hastily sneaks up on the field, the fact that one candidate hasn’t yet run away with momentum has the media, pundits, even the candidates themselves talking about generating the appeal to defeat President Obama in November, or having someone else jump in the race.
“Just when you thought this race for the nomination couldn’t get any more volatile. it seems like it potentially could,” said Shane D’Aprile, editor of Campaigns and Elections Magazine.
Romney has been the presumptive frontrunner throughout the seemingly interminable campaign season, but despite his hometown roots and his father having been governor of Michigan for three terms, Romney’s numbers in the state are dragging ahead of the Feb. 28 vote. Michigan, with 30 delegates after being penalized for voting early holds its election alongside Arizona one week before the March 6 Super Tuesday mega-vote.
Santorum has been up by three to 10 points in Michigan in the last four polls tracked by Real Clear Politics. On average, Santorum gets 36.6 percent of polling compared to Romney with 30 percent in the state, according to RCP. Nationally, Santorum is up by an average 6.6 points in an average of national polls tracked by RCP.
The former Massachusetts governor is now retooling, planning a big economic speech this week at the stadium where the Detroit Lions play. In the era of “go big or go home,” Romney is doing both.
But will it be enough?
“If Romney can’t find a way to turn this thing around and win Michigian I think this question of a brokered convention a contested convention, whatever you want to call it, is a much more salient question,” D’Aprile told Fox News.
Romney challenger Gingrich, without referencing the possibility of a brokered convention, agreed that the struggle will be tough for anyone who loses at home.
“If any of the three loses our home state — if Santorum loses Pennsylvania, Romney loses Michigan, or I lose Georgia — you have, I think, very, very badly weakened candidacies.”
But could a brokered — or contested — convention be in the cards? And could New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels or anyone else come in to save the day?