Does anyone like Mitt? Voter turnout highest where voters dislike Romney

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Does anyone like Mitt Romney?

And, as Matthew Dowd asks: “What happens in an election when two candidates who are unelectable run against each other in the fall? We are about to test that proposition.” 

Romney’s likability issues are mounting.

oter turnout numbers are pointing to a potential enthusiasm deficit for Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney.

Statistics in the four states that have voted so far show turnout has been strongest where people were energized to vote for somebody else.

Romney had a big victory in Florida this week. But turnout there was down significantly from four years ago.

In South Carolina, where Gingrich trounced Romney, turnout was up considerably.

Turnout was up slightly in the first two states to vote: New Hampshire and Iowa. But Democrats are quick to note that independent voters contributed to the boost. And they say President Barack Obama will be competing for those independents in the fall.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.