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By Wolf Blitzer, CNN
(CNN) – If I were Mitt Romney, I’d be worried about recent developments that could present serious problems in his race for the Republican presidential nomination.
If I were Newt Gingrich, I’d be encouraged by those same developments.
Herman Cain reportedly has told his senior staff he’s “reassessing” his race for the White House in the aftermath of the latest allegations that he had a 13-year affair with a Georgia woman. For now, Cain is continuing his campaign, but if he were to drop out, I suspect few of his supporters would move over to Romney. Many would probably support Gingrich.
That would be a boost for the former House speaker in Iowa, where Cain has had significant support.
Romney has been doing exceptionally well in New Hampshire, where he has a home. He was governor of neighboring Massachusetts. But Gingrich has been moving up in the polls in New Hampshire recently.
What could seriously hurt Romney in New Hampshire is Jon Huntsman. The former Utah governor has put all his eggs in the New Hampshire basket. His poll numbers recently have moved up in that state to nearly 10%.
I suspect that Huntsman’s supporters in New Hampshire would be more likely to vote for Romney than Gingrich.
If it’s a close race in New Hampshire between Romney and Gingrich, the 10% that Huntsman might get could prove to be the difference in allowing Gingrich to carry the state.
And like in Iowa, the Cain supporters in New Hampshire could also help Gingrich if their candidate were to drop out.
In short, I suspect Romney would love to see Cain, Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann remain in the race. They potentially take votes away from Gingrich by dividing up the conservative tea party activists.
On the other hand, Romney would love to see Huntsman drop out, but his withdrawal doesn’t look likely before the ballots are counted in New Hampshire.
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