Mitt Romney looks set to take a strong victory in Florida this weekend, with the aim of stabilising his tottering presidential campaign. Nothing less than a commanding win for Romney will be good enough to silence the critics who worry that he looks set to squander a lead that once looked unassailable.
Newt Gingrich was looking good in Florida a week ago, but a series of poor debate performance coupled with some strong anti-Gingrich adverts have slowed his momentum. He’s still likely to pick up second place, and could yet secure an endorsement from Rick Santorum if, as expected, Santorum quits the race after Florida. That endorsement could help Gingrich regain momentum after what looks set to be a disappointing time in Florida.
There’s still a sense that this race is Romney’s to lose. He has plenty of time to mess it up, of course, but Newt Gingrich needs to prove that he has staying power while the only other candidate capable of overhauling Romney, Ron Paul, seems to have been faltering in the polls of late.