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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Arkansas doesn't seem likely for Romney in GOP primary

Posted By on Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 7:48 AM

WILL HE PLAY IN ARKANSAS? Mitt Romney.
  • WILL HE PLAY IN ARKANSAS? Mitt Romney.
Politico writes about the race in the South for the Republican presidential nomination. If the Republican state legislators are any indication, voters here like Rick Perry-style politics. Or at least they did until he ate his foot for the 14th time.

The moneyed class still likes Mitt Romney, despite his nearly universal unlikeability and his Mormonism in the land where Baptists rule (see Paragould). U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, a wholly owned subsidiary of Stephens Inc., is among them, despite Romney trailing Gingrich and Perry badly in the South in recent polling.

That hasn’t prevented Romney from making inroads with Southern lawmakers and the region’s donor class, Arkansas Rep. and Romney endorser Tim Griffin pointed out.

“If you look at what Gov. Romney’s been able to do across the South in the last month and a half — the Diane Blacks, the Cobles, McHenrys, the Foxxes — he’s made major inroads,” Griffin said, listing GOP members of Congress who have backed Romney.

What about it Arkies, particularly Republican Arkies? And what does the race potentially mean, if anything, in the Republican primary race for Congress in the 4th District.

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