Huffpost Politics

Mitt Romney: Deep South Is 'A Bit Of An Away Game'

Posted: Updated:
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney faces a tough sell in the Deep South.
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney faces a tough sell in the Deep South.

With the Mississippi and Alabama Republican primaries approaching, Mitt Romney admitted the Deep South is "a bit of an away game" for him.

The GOP hopeful told WAPI in Birmingham he was "confident" about his chances in the South, noting he hoped to get a majority of Alabama's 50 delegates. Romney said getting the majority of the delegates "would be the icing on the cake."

"I'm confident we're going to get some delegates," Romney said, according to CBS. "That, of course, is what this is all about -- getting the delegates necessary to become the nominee."

The former Massachusetts governor lost one Deep South state on Super Tuesday, when rival Newt Gingrich -- who hails from the Peach State -- won Georgia. Though Romney could face challenges in the southern states, Gingrich would need multiple wins to get to the Republican convention in August.

The AP reports:

Mitt Romney faces a tough sell in the Deep South. With Mississippi and Alabama primaries coming up next Tuesday, there's concern that he's too slick, not really a conservative. In a region where the evangelical vote is important, some are skeptical about his Mormon faith.

But if Romney wins the Republican nomination and it's a November choice between him and Democratic President Barack Obama, the former Massachusetts governor may be just good enough for some Southerners.

"If push comes to shove and he gets the nomination, I'll go in the voting booth like this and vote for him," says Mississippi retiree David Wilke, holding his nose.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who represented Georgia for 20 years and now lives in Virginia, needs to win every state from South Carolina to Texas to get to the convention this summer, spokesman R.C. Hammond says.

all-also-on-huffpost

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Could Romney find a way to win in Alabama?

Mitt Romney had one more personal matter to address while home: license renewal

Rick Santorum Is Blowing the Election by Losing Catholic Vote to Romney

Mitt Romney Swiss Bank Account Will Damage Him In Ohio: Ted Strickland

Romney spent $12 million in February, ended it with $7.3 million on hand

 
  Obama Romney
Obama Romney
332 206
Obama leading
Obama won
Romney leading
Romney won
Popular Vote
33 out of 100 seats are up for election. 51 are needed for a majority.
Democrat leading
Democrat won
Holdover
Republican leading
Republican won
Democrats* Republicans
Current Senate 53 47
Seats gained or lost +2 -2
New Total 55 45
* Includes two independent senators expected to caucus with the Democrats: Angus King (Maine) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.).
All 435 seats are up for election. 218 are needed for a majority.
Democrat leading
Democrat won
Republican leading
Republican won
Democrats Republicans
Seats won 201 234
Click for Full Results