Washington, Sept. 9 (ANI): Top advisers to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney have privately admitted that President Barack Obama will win the White House race with a much clearer path.
The Romney campaign, while pleasantly surprised by Obama’s lackluster prime-time performance, said privately said that state-by-state polling numbers, most glaringly in Ohio, are working in the president’s favour.
“Their map has many more routes to victory,” a top Republican official said.
According to Politico, two officials intimately involved in the GOP campaign said Ohio leans clearly in Obama’s favor now, with a high single-digit edge, based on their internal tracking numbers of conservative groups.
Romney can still win the presidency if he loses Ohio, but it’s extremely difficult.
According to the report, Romney, armed with more dismal jobs numbers, will run a one-size-fits-all campaign, wrapped around the message that the economy is bad, Obama is blamed, and that change of leadership is absolutely essential.
The Republican plan rests heavily on Romney’s capacity to bury Obama with negative ads, and reap the benefits of his billionaire backers hitting the president even harder, and more relentlessly, the report said.
A Democratic official, however, said the other big worry for the Obama campaign is that when you dig into the small slice of undecided voters.
“Many of them voted for Obama in 2008 and felt good about that vote, and still think Obama’s a good person who really tried hard, but the economy sucks for them,” the Democratic official said, who has access to reams of Internal polls and focus groups.
Despite that, Obama officials have maintained for several weeks that there are too few undecided voters for Romney to get the bounce he needs from the debates.
“Romney is not going to win undecided voters four-to-one,” a senior administration official said.
“If you are losing in Ohio by four or five points and trailing in Colorado by two points, if you are trailing in Nevada by two or three points, you are not going to win in those states,” the official said.
“There is a small number of undecided voters, so you are not going to see tremendous movement out of these conventions, even out of the debates. … [W]e have a small but important lead in battleground states that is a huge problem for the Romney camp. … Ohio needs to be tied, Florida needs to be tied at least,” he added. (ANI)