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Yeah, I'm Voting for Romney

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Politico has this write-up on my comments this morning.

If the stop-Mitt movement is going to gain traction in Wisconsin, it won't be able to count on support from one prominent conservative radio personality.

Righty talker Charlie Sykes, a staple of Wisconsin politics, announced on Twitter Friday that he'll throw in with the former Massachusetts governor despite complaints about Romney from his fellow conservatives.

"Yeah, I'm voting for Romney. His support for Gov. Walker and Paul Ryan meets the Wisconsin conservative-enough litmus test," Sykes wrote.

Romney's ads on the air in Wisconsin has been in line with the fiscally austere priorities of local Republicans, and if prominent activist voices are willing to give Romney a break on ideology then the messaging space left for Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich starts to look pretty narrow.

UPDATE: Jonathan Martin emailed Sykes a little while ago to ask if he'd heard from the Santorum campaign at all. It would be a natural connection for Santorum to try to make; Romney was already on the show this week.

"After I noted that I hadn't heard squat from them, they belatedly contacted us and we will schedule him for next week," Sykes told Jonathan.

It is pretty striking that a host like Sykes would only hear from Santorum after noting the omission himself. In a lot of states, national cable TV appearances only go so far.

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