For weeks, Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney couldn’t get no respect, to borrow deceased comedian Rodney Dangerfield’s classic line.

Many party members complained that a field with Romney in the lead lacked punch. But that view may change soon, as Politico reports.

Potential competitors have fallen to the wayside. Romney snapped up $10 million of cash in a fundraising spree that lasted less than two days. A poll last week from ABC News/Washington Post showed Romney leading President Barack Obama by 3 percentage points.