Monday, March 5, 2012

Report: Romney Not a 'Favorite Son' in Massachusetts

Posted By on Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 8:46 AM

While presidential hopeful Mitt Romney dukes it out for delegates tomorrow night in the Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses, one would think that the former Massachusetts governor would find a little love in... well, Massachusetts, the place where he lived much of his adult life after enrolling at Harvard Business School in the early 1970s and where he served as the state's chief executive for four years.

But Zachary Roth writes in Yahoo's The Ticket that it's tough to find a major groundswell of support for Romney in Massachusetts, where the former governor left office with a dismal 34 percent approval rating.

"There's a general consenus that [Romney] used Massachusetts as a stepping stone for higher office," said Tom Whalen, social science professor at Boston University. "He's not a favorite son."

Even Republican activists aren't falling over one another with their support for Romney.

"You don't see people out in the street waving Mitt Romney signs at this point," said veteran GOP activist Dan Haley.

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