Mitt Romney’s Quest For Swing Vote An Uphill Battle, Say Republican Pollsters

The tone on a conference call with Republican pollsters Monday, discussing Mitt Romney’s chances of winning over key swing voters, was rather gloomy.

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour convened the call with reporters for Resurgent Republic, a conservative organization that focuses on polling and survey groups. And at the outset, pollster Ed Goeas made sure to set expectations low.

“In terms of blue collar voters, and again I would add one thing. We are not looking for a majority of these voters, not looking for a plurality. But we are looking to see if there are a handful you can peel off,” Goeas said.