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Mitt Romney came out ahead on Super Tuesday, but plenty of Republicans voted for Rick Santorum instead, and Georgia went for Newt Gingrich by a decisive margin. The morning after, readers are exploring two questions. First, why haven't GOP voters fully embraced Romney? Second, does this apparent conflict actually mean anything in the long run?
One reader offered this theory:
chadpv: "Republicans' main focus is who can beat Obama in November. That's what is driving votes. But Republicans are not confident that Romney (or any candidate in the run) can beat Obama; they just think if someone can squeeze a win, it will be Romney. That is why he cannot really 'seal the deal' as fast as most Republican primaries. That is also why the field is very weak, Anyone who has wide appeal with the Republicans will wait four more years when there is not an incumbent running and their chances are better to win."
Doucher: "And this is one of many problems with the two-party system; they want to beat each other more than they want to give us a good candidate."
Another person said Romney doesn't need to worry too much.
GoPSULions: "The ultra conservatives that are not now voting for Romney will vote for whoever wins the nomination rather than vote for Obama. So this is why Romney is not concerned about their votes in the primaries. He is focused on staying more to the middle so he can potentially win the swing states and voters that are not locked to voting straight party lines."
Of course, several other readers disagreed.
anamule: "That may be true, but he can't count on it. Especially after he swerves back towards the center during the general election. The far right, who already suspect he is a closet liberal, may just have their suspicians confirmed and feel completely betrayed. That doesn't bode well for a high turnout for him."
eyewonder: "I still contend that voters in the swing states will not elect a Mormon to the White House. That center section of the country, and the South, that voted for Santorum will not vote for Romney. I continue to hope the GOP Leadership has a master plan for the convention. What I see and hear from both Romney and Santorum kind of scares me."
TomStPaul: "Don't know that I agree. The ultras are do or die, black or white, y'ain't fer us yer against us types. If Romney's (the GOP candidate), no they won't vote for Obama, but they will either stay home or write in someone like Santorum or Ron Paul or Sara Palin or some other absolutist, just to send a message (though no one will be listening to them at that point)."
Like eyewonder above, iReporter Omekongo Dibinga of Washington said he thought Romney's religious beliefs are one factor that hurts him.
omekongo: "These are the three reasons that Romney is having trouble sealing the deal: 1) he's out of touch with the average voter; 2) his record on healthcare; and 3) he's a Mormon. The only thing he can really change about himself is the first issue. He has to do a better job of connecting with voters."
Like TomStPaul above, several readers wondered whether voters will skip the polls.
nocode42: "Oh come on, who else are they going to back? Obama? Why does everyone keep acting like Romney's inability to appeal to a lunatic right-wing fringe that is maybe 15% of the population (but 55% of the GOP primary voting population) is some sort of bad thing? If he can win without appealing to them, it'd be the best thing to happen to America in decades ... show these fruit loops we're tired of their nonsense and backwards ways."
pxypylon: "He needs those votes to beat Obama. The concern isn't that they'll vote for Obama instead. The concern is that they will stay home on Election Day."
Indeed, iReporter Katy Brown of Kent, Ohio, said she didn't vote in her state's tight primary.
"There's not a person on the ballot, Democratic or Republican, that I think deserves to be president," she said.
She has been a conservative voice at CNN iReport for years, including during the 2008 election. Here's how she summarized her views, in a comment response to another reader:
kbrown0419: "Romney, too disconnected from the real world. Paul, too far out there, however, I do agree with some of his ideas. Gingrich, like Paul, some things I agree with, but I feel like he disappeared. Santorum, way too religion and tea party-based for my taste. Big things I'm looking at: abortion/birth control, higher education, military, gay rights, and, oddly enough, the whole marijuana deal. I've done my research. However, I could not get myself to vote on a single person. There's no one I could mark down and feel I made the right decision. I, like the rest of American voters, have put my faith in other voters and hope they make the right choice in the primaries because I certainly felt like I couldn't. Come November I will be at the polls."
WCNreporter: "Even though I live in Virginia where the primaries were being held today, I decided not to go vote, not because I am a Republican or a Democrat, but I am just not sure about either of the presidential candidates in the running right now. But hopefully that will be cleared up by the general election this fall. On the ballot here in Virginia is only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, so even then, not much of a choice."
Will things work themselves out? What do you think? Share your opinion in the comments area below. Or, answer this CNN iReport question on video: Why can't Romney seal the deal?
Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.