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The Southern Primaries

March 14, 2012 11:42 am ET
Mitt Romney lost big in the Southern primaries yesterday, coming in third place in both states despite vastly outspending his opponents by 5 to 1 in Alabama and 3 to 1 in Mississippi.


Mitt Romney can't close the deal with regular voters.

Connect: We need leaders who'll fight for the middle class and everyone trying to get in it.

Define the results: Mitt Romney lost both Southern primaries, winning only among voters who make at least six-figures and losing most of the voters who say the economy is the most important issue.

Define him: Mitt Romney can't close the deal with regular voters because they're on to him and what he stands for.

Repeat: They know he wants more massive tax giveaways for millionaires like him at the expense of working families like them.

Look ahead: If it comes to facing millions of voters who work for a living, Romney's in trouble. The more regular Americans get to know the real Romney, the less they feel he's on their side.

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ROMNEY: "What I know is the economy. I've spent my life in the real economy. I understand why jobs come and why they go."

  • Here's what Mitt Romney knows about our economy: how to let Wall Street get away with abusing the rules and make working families pay more so he can give millionaires like himself more massive tax giveaways.
  • Of course Romney understands why jobs come and go: picking apart companies and laying off workers is how he made millions for Wall Street. Putting a million Americans out of work is exactly what he proposed to do when he said let Detroit go bankrupt.
  • Leading our country is about more than making our economy work for just the wealthiest 1%. But it figures someone who spent his career adding to the wealth of the richest few doesn't understand that.


  • Mitt Romney's $11 trillion tax plan would overwhelmingly go to a tiny number of the wealthiest few -- including himself -- while cutting Social Security and Medicare benefits that working Americans have set aside for their retirement.
  • Regardless of their income, gender, party affiliation, geographic region, or any other demographic category studied, 65% of Americans agree Mitt Romney favors the rich over the middle class.
  • Over half of Americans agree that the more they learn about Romney, the less they like him.
  • Mitt Romney swept the $200,000 income category in all but one GOP primary state so far where exit polling for that category was available -- even in the states he lost. The exception is Mississippi, where Romney still won among overall six-figure earners.
  • In all the states where exit polls asked who best understands average Americans' problems, voters picked someone other than Romney: AL, MS, OH, TN, and VT.
  • Mitt Romney's super PAC raked in $30 million from just 200 donors -- the wealthiest of the wealthiest few -- during the second half of 2011 alone. In fact, hedge fund or private equity moguls make up more than half of the top donors to his super PAC.
  • As a resource, here are the exit/entrance polls for all the GOP primary states so far where one was available: AL, AZ, FL, GA, IA, MA, MI, MS, NH, NV, OH, OK, SC, TN, VA, and VT.

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