"The real risk, I think, is if Romney doesn’t figure out a way to nail down support and coalesce people behind him," Burbank said. "I don't think Santorum or Gingrich has a serious constituency."
The poll's results, he said, show that Utah is "somewhat different than some other strongly Republican states. There's such confidence in Romney being able to do it" that he is almost automatically seen as the nominee.
Kirk Jowers, a longtime Romney adviser and head of the U.'s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said he believes Utahns are paying more attention to the nomination fight than residents of other states.
Not only are they following Romney's fortunes, Jowers said, for a while they also had another candidate with Utah ties in the running, former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. Huntsman dropped out in January.
"Utahns are probably right on par with the Washington, D.C. insiders and pundits on the prediction that this is Romney's race to lose," Jowers said. Like him, he said Utahns see that the other candidates "don't have that level of expertise or trust to effectively compete against our incumbent president, Barack Obama."
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