Thousands of Republicans descended on the US capital Thursday to plot a path to presidential victory, with Mitt Romney still aiming to win over the conservative base and be named the party’s champion in November elections.
Stung by losses to religious conservative Rick Santorum this week in three voting contests, Romney must court the core faithful who carry heavy political weight but have given little love to his 2012 White House campaign.
Written off only a few weeks ago, Santorum won contests on Tuesday in Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri — the latest turnaround in the volatile race to pick a candidate to challenge President Barack Obama in November.
While the startling defeats did not derail Romney’s campaign, they put the former Massachusetts governor on notice that he is not invincible and raised questions about his conservative appeal.
And so on Friday he, along with Santorum and rival Newt Gingrich, will drop off the state-by-state campaign trail and address the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC), where up to 10,000 energized politicos gather over three days to hash out a battle plan to thwart Obama’s bid for a second term.
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