Romney predicting victory in Wisconsin GOP primary

April 1, 2012

By Philip Rucker, The Washington Post

FITCHBURG, Wis. – A confident Mitt Romney predicted victory in the hotly contested Wisconsin primary next Tuesday, saying during a campaign stop here Saturday afternoon that a state he once thought would be “an uphill battle” is looking “better and better.”

But even as he pivots to a general election by shifting his campaign rhetoric to take aim at President Obama, Romney insisted he is still focused on securing the Republican presidential nomination and said, “I’m not counting the delegates before they hatch.”

During a visit to a call center for embattled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who faces a bitter recall election later this spring, Romney boasted that his support across Wisconsin is deepening.

“It feels better and better,” Romney said in brief remarks to GOP activists. “The support for my campaign is 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. But I gotta have you guys get out and vote.”

Romney was accompanied here by his newest supporter, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the House Budget Committee chairman whose endorsement has been coveted. Romney holds a small lead in recent state polls. In this week’s NBC News/Marist survey of likely Republican primary voters, Romney led his closest opponent, former senator Rick Santorum, 40 percent to 33 percent.

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