GOP mood toward Romney's Nov. prospects brighten


ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Republicans riding high from a string of breaks in their favor are increasingly optimistic about Mitt Romney's chances to claim the White House in November.

That's even the sense among conservatives who had qualms about making the former Massachusetts governor the party's nominee.

The bullish take is reflected in interviews with party strategists and activists, including people who previously supported Romney rivals. Mood matters because it can fuel fundraising and volunteer hustle.

GOP players stress that Romney has little room for error if he is to topple an incumbent president, Democrat Barack Obama.

The chest-thumping follows a GOP victory in Wisconsin's recall election. The race galvanized Republicans as an early referendum on conservative fiscal principles in an election likely to hinge on the shape of the economy.

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