One of the most frustrating things for me, a Romney supporter, is that his state-level strength is not being reflected in national polls. Of the seven early states, Romney leads in two (IA, NH), is a close second in two (MI, NV), is within 10% in one (FL), with no polls available in one (WY), and confusing polls from the the final early state (SC).Numbers like that would normally indicate a clear frontrunner, but it doesn’t. For some reason, Romney has been unable to turn those important, strategic leads into high national numbers.
While primaries are more localized things, where the state polls do mean more, success creates success. If Romney can raise his national numbers, he will find it much easier to raise his support on the state level. I think the best way to do this is through the debates. Romney has done very well in the debates, and each time, has seen at least a small bump in support. If Romney can continue winning debates, it should help him get those national numbers up. In addition, the debates are good places to point out the flaws of Romney’s opponents – such as the liberalism of Rudy Giuliani and the cheapness of Fred Thompson.