Although his critics like to bash him for not winning convincingly enough this primary season, and Mitt has admitted that he's not playing on his home turf, polls released on the eve of the elections reveal Romney has a solid chance of winning at least one state, possibly two — though he could end up losing both as well.
And Team Romney got more great news on the eve of the Summit in the South — despite talk (some of it in this space) that the Massachusetts moderate is alienating himself among Latinos and that the Republican party is doing the same with women, Barack Obama is hardly looking like a world-beater, having taken a serious hit in several major polls released on Monday.
The surveys show that Obama is getting killed on the big issue, perhaps the only issue in town: the economy. And that's because of something that Americans are feeling every day — escalating gas prices. In the Post/ABC poll, just 26 percent approve of his work on the issue, his lowest rating in the poll. The Post writes that "most Americans say higher prices are already taking a toll on family finances, and nearly half say they think that prices will continue to rise, and stay high."
They may be right. Traditionally oil prices hit their lowest point in the winter and climb back up in the spring based on demand. Though it doesn't feel like it, we're still in winter.
Back to tonight's races. Everybody believes Newt Gingrich must win at least one state tonight to remain viable, but he disagrees. He said last night he's in until Tampa in late summer. But Tennessee Republican Senator Lindsey Graham says if Romney wins one state tonight, it's all but over officially.
"If Romney does well, wins either Mississippi or Alabama and wins Illinois, then I think it's virtually impossible for this thing to continue much beyond early May," he said on Sunday.
Early May? That's still nearly two months away, much longer than Mitt Romney probably ever thought he'd have to sweat it out.