(Reuters) –Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s struggles in Michigan are fueling speculation that Republicans might have to resort to a doomsday scenario and launch a frantic search for a 2012 savior at their nominating convention in late August.
Rare in the modern age of U.S. politics,a “brokered convention”could result in Republicans ditching their current crop of candidates and turning to someone else who they feel would have a better chance of defeating Democratic President Barack Obama in the November 6 election.
How did Republicans get to this point? Romney’s failure to get conservatives fully behind him and put down yet another challenger in the party –this time it’s Rick Santorum –is causing angst in the party.
Many senior Republicans do not think Santorum,a social conservative caught up in the U.S. culture wars over issues like abortion and contraception,has a chance to beat Obama if he wins the party’s presidential nomination.
Read more at Reuters. By Steve Holland.
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