March 31st, 2012
07:48 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney predicts Wisconsin win

Fitchburg, Wisconsin (CNN) – Sounding a confident note, on Saturday Mitt Romney predicted he would win Tuesday’s Wisconsin’s primary – a contest some see as pivotal in helping him all but end the GOP nomination fight.

The Republican candidate was in Fitchburg speaking to volunteers for the state’s embattled governor, Scott Walker, who is facing a recall effort.

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Romney told the group he could feel the support for his presidential bid “growing stronger and stronger.”

“This was an uphill battle for me if you look back three or four weeks ago, and now we’re looking like we’re going to win this thing on Tuesday,” Romney said of the state’s primary.

Though the GOP front-runner conceded he had “a ways to go” before reaching the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the nomination, Romney seemed to nod to the symbolic importance of winning another Midwestern state that could be up for grabs in the fall.

“I got a good boost from the folks in Illinois, and if I can get that boost also from Wisconsin, I think we’ll be on a path that will get me the nomination well before the convention,” he said.

In his speeches across the state this week, Romney has set the stage for a general election battle by focusing on the president and neglecting to mention his Republican opponents in the race.

An NBC/Marist poll showed him leading former Sen. Rick Santorum by seven points in Wisconsin.

Currently second in both Wisconsin and the overall GOP delegate count, Santorum sought on Saturday to portray Romney as undesirable to conservative voters.

"Americans are not looking for lukewarm right now," he said. "They're looking for bold contrasting colors. They're looking for someone at a difficult time in American history who isn't going to manage Washington but is going to transform it with a passion, with a zeal that can motivate and lift up the American people."

Earlier in the day House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, Romney’s latest high-profile backer, called for the party to coalesce around the former Massachusetts governor.

“I think there comes a point where this primary can become counterproductive, where if we keep dragging this thing on it gets us off of the mission and the goal, which is this: Save our country in November by replacing Barack Obama as our president,” he told voters in Waukesha.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Wisconsin baggers elected the crook Walker, Ryan the liar, and the moron from Green Bay, Johnson; I am sure they will vote for the money launderer.

    March 31, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  2. Anthony

    Romney is not predicting a Wisconsin win in November. According to the NBC News/Marist poll, in a general election matchup, Romney did worse against Obama (Romney is behind by 17 points) than Santorum (he is behind by 13 points) and Paul (he is behind by 15 points). At least Romney performs better than Gingrich (Gingrich is behind by 25 points). Look like a Democratic landslide in Wisconsin. Gov. Scott Walker is in big trouble if Romney is at the top of the Republican ticket. The same can be said of Rep. Paul Ryan.

    March 31, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  3. tim123

    if romney can win decisively in wisconsin, that will give him momentum for the 24th.

    March 31, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  4. king

    I guest with a good lead and all the repubs leaders condocending around you, this would be a tough call.

    March 31, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  5. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    As Wisconsin holds an open primary, I would ask all my fellow Democrats and all Independents to go to the Republican Primary and vote for Ron Paul. Not because I am a Ronbot who believes that the septaugenarian from Texas is the answer to everything, but to remind Willard that he still must earn the nomination, and to remind Ricko that he is not the Almighty's chosen for the same job. Besides, I wanna watch the look on Newt's and Ricko's faces when Paul is announced as the winner. As Willard has the same number of facial expressions as Kristin Stewart, I do not expect to see any change in his visage.

    March 31, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |

    I think America right now is looking for Mittens to win, although both of them present a scary future for America, little Ricky is absolutely the scariest! His vision of America would take us back to the dark ages, Mittens would only tales us back to the 1800's. It's just like driving a car, put the gear shift in "R" to go backwards, put it in "D" to go forwards. That's exactly what it means for the middle class, Republican too go backwards, Democrat to go Forward. Lets all move our great country forward in all races, local, state and federal!

    March 31, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  7. packerfans

    Vote for Mitt Romney who can save America!!!

    March 31, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  8. Bill

    Really CNN? Like how you said IL and MI were pivotal and a "MUST" win for Romney? STOP making these contests more than they actually are. Just report the news for crying out loud. You left wing loons what it so bad for this primary to drag on, but the fact is that Romney will be the nominee. I wonder how CNN will report the PA primary? Is it a "MUST" win for Santorum? Polls show he may even lose his own state of PA. Remember how you reported that Romney will be DOOMED if he had lost MI?

    March 31, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  9. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Is it really much of a surprise since the last polls have him ahead? Besides, he and his allies have flooding the airwaves with negative ads. When they out spend the opponents by at least 5 to 1, it shouldn't be a huge surprise that there would be a win.

    March 31, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  10. Richard Broderick, Jr.

    Hey Mitt, since you so much want to “save” Social Security, would it be too much to ask that you should pay Social Security and Medicare tax on all of your income at the same rate (at least) as the people who mow your lawn?
    Most Americans pay about 7.5% of their income in Social Security and Medicare tax and their employer pays an equal amount. But Mitt only pays about 0.042% of his income in this tax. The unfairness of the system is shameful.

    April 1, 2012 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  11. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    I'm from mass and any republican that votes for this moron deserves to get their soc sec cut , food stamps healthcare and jobs cut , thanks teaparty extremest.

    April 1, 2012 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  12. Thomas

    Good by Rick !

    April 1, 2012 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  13. mjturvey

    "Americans are not looking for lukewarm right now," [Santorum] said. "They're looking for bold contrasting colors. They're looking for someone at a difficult time in American history who isn't going to manage Washington but is going to transform it with a passion, with a zeal that can motivate and lift up the American people."

    I wonder who he has in mind then because this person sure isn't him. He's the weakest sounding presidential candidate I have ever heard, he sounds like a whingeing kid every time he opens his mouth.

    April 1, 2012 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  14. Sal

    Mitt-Math can add up all the delegates he wants but 50% of Americans still don't like him.

    April 1, 2012 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
  15. Just Say No to Flipper

    Way to go out on a limb there Mr. Rmoney. You're outspending Mr. Frothy by about 8-1 so now you're willing to stick your neck out and predict a win? That's the kind of bold leadership we've come to ex-...... Nah, can't say it with a straight face. I let the LDS groupies spout about what a wonderful person and leader Rmoney is, despite all the evidence to the contrary.

    April 1, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  16. diridi

    do not vote for any GOP guys...o.k,

    April 1, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |