Upcoming Primaries May Cause Bump in the Road for Romney

The next few primary contests skew very conservative, which doesn't bode well for Mitt Romney.

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After winning six of 10 nominating contests on Super Tuesday, it's very possible that Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney is headed for a bad week on the campaign trail.

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Romney is now competing in a territory where his conservative credentials are very suspect within the GOP electorate, and he is likely to suffer some losses. Kansas holds its nominating caucuses this Saturday. Alabama and Mississippi hold primaries Tuesday. Then comes the Missouri caucuses Saturday March 17. Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, could lose them all. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are waging vigorous campaigns in these states, and one or both could finish ahead of Romney.

Romney is likely to start winning again in the Illinois primary on March 20, followed by Maryland, Connecticut and Delaware on April 3.

Romney aides argue that he is so far ahead in delegates--he has 56 percent of the delegates awarded so far, according to USA Today-- that his rivals won't be able to catch him even if he does endure a dry spell over the next week.

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