Too Much of a Terrible Thing

Between the barrage of debates and parade of activity, it feels like we’re close to finished with the Republican presidential primary. Of course, not only are we more than two months away from the first contest in Iowa, but the large majority of Republican primary voters remain uncommitted to either of the candidates.

According to the most recent survey from The New York Times and CBS News, “About eight in 10 Republican primary voters say it is still too early to tell whom they will support, and just four in 10 say they have been paying a lot of attention to the 2012 presidential campaign.” Moreover, about 10 percent of voters say they want someone other than the available choices nominated. Of the Republicans polled, 25 percent say they support Georgia businessman Herman Cain; Mitt Romney garners 21 percent support, and Texas Governor Rick Perry has weakened to 6 percent support.

That said, with 80 percent of Republican voters undecided, now is too early to discount Rick Perry, or call the election for Mitt Romney. If Perry can improve his campaign, and continue to hammer on Romney’s considerable weaknesses—including, for example, the news that his pro-choice donors outnumber his anti-abortion ones—then he stands a good chance of winning the nomination. For those doubtful, remember – at this point in 2007, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson were the frontrunners for the Republican nomination.

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