Mitt Romney’s victory in Iowa yesterday has secured his place as the GOP front runner. But Romney is far from unifying the whole party — new data from Iowa shows he lacks support from one crucial group.
The Pew Research centre released new findings today that of the quarter of Iowa caucus voters who said the most important candidate quality was that he or she be a “true conservative,” only 1% supported Mitt Romney.
Of that group, 37% backed Paul and 36% supported Santorum.
Mitt’s victory was likely helped by the increase in the number of independents (23% of voters) who caucused this year, a 13% increase from 2008.
But it looks like the Republican party establishment isn’t pleased with Romney’s conservative credentials. Politico is reporting that a group of movement conservatives have called an emergency meeting in Texas next weekend to find a more conservative alternative to Romney.
Until Romney figures out a way to win over conservatives it’s likely he’ll remain, as the Obama administration has taken to calling him, the “25 per cent man.”
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