Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally in Fargo, N.D., Thursday, March 1, 2012. Analysts say the presidential candidates' images will play a big part in how Alabama voters react to them as well. Both economic and social issues are important to Alabamians, but the state's Republican voters have taken a swing to the more conservative in recent years, said Jess Brown, professor of political science and justice studies at Athens State University. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)