Romney for Senate?
by Jonathan Singer, Wed Aug 26, 2009 at 05:15:34 PM EDT
With the speculation that Mitt Romney might run to replace the late Ted Kennedy in the United States Senate, I thought it useful to look at some of the polling on the former Republican Governor from the commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Heading into his 2006 reelection campaign -- which he bowed out of rather than face the voters of Massachusetts again -- Romney trailed all of his potential Democratic rivals. Come election day 2006, Romney's approval rating was the third worst of any Governor in the nation -- behind even the scandal-plagued Ernie Fletcher and Matt Blunt, behind, too, Katrina-tarnished Kathleen Blanco -- with an awful 34 percent positive/65 percent negative rating. The next year, with Romney spending tens of millions of his own dollars on an unsuccessful White House bid, Rasmussen Reports pitted Romney against Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical Bay State match up, which Romney lost by a margin not too dissimilar to his earlier approval rating, 60 percent to 34 percent.
I'm sure there are more numbers on Romney out of Massachusetts, but this smattering of polling culled from some quick googling is likely not unrepresentative of the general dislike Massachusetts voters hold towards Romney. He's really the person the GOP would want to run to replace Kennedy?