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March 7, 2012 12:35 pm

Analysts: Obama Re-election not a Done Deal

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Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol. Photo: Gage Skidmore.

WASHINGTON, DC—Republican candidate Mitt Romney may not have clinched his own nomination just yet, but President Obama hasn’t sealed his re-election either, analysts concluded at the AIPAC Policy conference on Sunday afternoon.

“[Romney] is still wobbling a little bit, he’s right on the edge,” said Republican political consultant Mike Murphy, referring to Romney’s struggle in Michigan. Romney barely won the Michigan primary, his home state. Former Senator Rick Santorum claimed half the delegates, although he lost the popular vote.

Political commentator Bill Kristol said he believes Romney’s campaign has “foolishly” tried to sell the notion that his victory in the primary is inevitable.

“You should be respectful of the voters,” Kristol said. “I think the campaign is a little off-putting that way.”

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Ohio is the key to gaining the Republican nomination, the analysts said, while the economy will determine Obama’s re-election.

“This thing is not at all in the bag for the president,” said Paul Begala, political commentator and former advisor to President Bill Clinton.

Donna Brazile, the Democratic National Committee’s vice chair of voter registration and participation, said that if Obama sticks with his current message on domestic and national security issues, he “will do alright.”

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