With Chris Christie out of the race and Rick Perry’s candidacy floundering, Romney is once again the incontrovertible front-runner in the race to be the Republican nominee for President — a position he has held, but never embraced.Leading in the polls, Romney spent the better part of the summer in hiding, while successive boomlets of conservative candidates came and went. He lowered expectations, ducked the press, and side-stepped the barbs thrown at his fellow candidates.
But that is all going to have to change.
What’s telling — and troubling — for Romney, is that he has not picked up new support, while his opponents suffered wild swings in the polls.
Romney has been the de-facto leader in this race so far, but he has yet to earn the title of front-runner by rising above his opponents. While that won’t prevent him from winning the nomination against this field, it will likely affect his ability to unify the GOP for the general election.
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