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Romney Trails Obama, but Key Numbers Break His Way

jpickett Wrote: Apr 12, 2012 8:13 AM
Polls at this stage really don't mean alot. Reagan was getting killed by carter at this point. Also, that Post poll has a hilarious Dem sample, I read all about it. Gave +10 or so advantage to Democrats in the sample, which is absurd. The electorate isn't going to look like that in 2012.

Now that Rick Santorum has "suspended" his campaign, we can stop pretending and can say what has been clear for weeks: Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee for president. The general election campaign has begun.

In some quarters, it is assumed that Barack Obama will be re-elected without too much difficulty. There are reports that staffers at Obama's Chicago headquarters consider Romney's candidacy a joke.

One suspects the adults there take a different view. For the fundamentals say that this will be a seriously contested race, with many outcomes possible. Obama's job-approval numbers in the realclearpolitics.com average of...