Romney Becoming Official GOP Candidate, Needs To Expand Campaign for a Possible Win
By - Crossmap On May 29, 2012
Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, is expected to be named the prime runner for the presidential elections this fall. After the Texas primary on Tuesday, he will have the appropriate amount of delegate votes to take on the title.
Although many GOP candidates have poised threats against Romney's election, many are now supporting his campaign as he goes head to head with President Obama.
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Both major candidates differ on a topic that arose on Memorial Day--the American military. During the holiday, Romney proclaimed his desire is to keep the military "with no comparable power anywhere in the world." He also created a "Thank you" video to those who have served. In the video he vows to "keep America strong, and worthy of the great sacrifice of America's veterans." Obama, on the other hand, wants to reduce the size of the military.
Neither Romney nor Obama have served time in the military. Veterans from the military consist of mostly older men. They make up 13% of the US adult population and prefer Romney to Obama, 58% to 34%.
"Veterans in the U.S. today are mostly male and two-thirds are aged 50 or older," Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of Gallup, writes.
"In a population that is currently evenly split in its preferences for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney for president, veterans stand out for their 24-point preference for Romney. About a fourth of men are veterans, and it is their strong skew toward Romney that essentially creates the GOP candidate's leading position among men today," Newport continued.
Although Romney has the favor among veterans, Obama has a 4-point lead among nonveterans. They are many Americans that are in-between candidates and a "frustrated middle class," as Adam Geller, a GOP pollster, stated. Romney must expand to this audience if he expects a win in November.
"He doesn't need to make a hardcore ideological argument, but he does need to connect with these people in a way that is lasting and sustained," Geller explained.