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By Wolf Blitzer, CNN
(CNN) – It’s a fair question that more and more people are asking: Why is Mitt Romney having such a hard time nailing down the Republican presidential nomination?
He certainly has raised the most money and has the largest and most experienced campaign staff.
He also has had the advantage of running for the nomination four years ago and gaining lots of experience in the process.
But the former Massachusetts governor has faced enormous problems wrapping up the nomination. He keeps stumbling.
I think it’s fair to say that if Rick Santorum gets more votes on Tuesday night in Michigan, Romney’s chances of getting the nomination will be severely hurt. It won’t necessarily be the end of the game for Romney, but it will be a crushing setback. Michigan, after all, is where Romney was born and raised and where his father, George Romney, served as governor.
Romney’s gaffes have hurt him. Some of his comments have suggested that he’s out of touch with working-class Americans.
There is certainly an element in the conservative base that has never accepted his evolving stance on some key issues, including on abortion, gay rights, gun control and taxes.
Based on random conversations I’ve had with Republican voters in Iowa, South Carolina, Florida, Arizona and elsewhere during this election cycle, I’ve felt that there is still a group of evangelical Christians and others who are not comfortable with Romney’s Mormon faith. They usually don’t speaking publicly about that because it’s not politically correct. That also explains why it doesn’t usually come up in polls. But I do sense it’s there.
Like you, I’m eager to see what happens in Michigan.