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Many In GOP Doubt Mitt Romney Will Win In November

April 21, 2012

Mitt Romney continues to work to shore up his base.

There are two simultaneous versions of the White House race taking place right now. In the public eye, Romney is consolidating the GOP behind his candidacy. Most all the holdouts – including House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – are getting behind the presumptive nominee and making the case for his candidacy.

But under the table, there is pervasive pessimism among Republicans about Romney’s prospects this fall. It’s apparent in rampant discussions about which Republicans will run in 2016 – talk that obviously presupposes a loss in November – and it’s downright glaring in private conversations with GOP officials on Capitol Hill and in consulting shops across Washington.

And the skepticism about Romney isn’t just a Beltway phenomenon. Rank-and-file Republican voters are also uncertain he can win, though it’s the chattering class that is most bearish.

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