By Mike Thayer
The next Republican presidential primary state up for grabs is Wisconsin on April 3. It's winner take all.
The latest polling data from Real Clear Politics, an outfit that averages out major polls, shows Mitt Romney ahead by 10.5 points.
Rick Santorum typically finishes better on voting day than what polling number suggest, but a 10.5 is a bit of an obstacle.
Helping matters, 'Etch A Sketch' Romney continues to make more mistakes on the campaign trail.
Mistake #1: Romney himself has yet to campaign in the state prior to its April 3 primary, he's depending on campaign by proxy. This plays right into Romney is out of touch arguments.
Mistake #2: During a conference call that was conducted with Wisconsin residents - while Romney was in Texas - Romney told a story about his father, George, who shut down an American Motors factory in Michigan in favor of shifting production to Wisconsin. But the story didn't really have a point, it became about George Romney's run for governor, about campaigning. And in today's economic climate, why would you bring up a my father closed factories story anyway?
"Now later he decided to run for governor of Michigan," Romney said during the call. "And so you can imagine that having closed the factory and moved all the production to Wisconsin was a very sensitive issue to him, for his campaign.”
Could Mitt Romney BE more about himself? The implied line of thought? Feel sorry for him, campaigning is sooooo tough, past decisions can haunt you!
With Romney making more gaffes, this primary race may get more interesting leading up to convention time.
Is Mitt Romney going to end up being the political version of the 1969 Chicago Cubs?