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Romney Calls Southern Primaries "An Away Game"

Lowering expectations for a rough stretch, he tells an Alabama radio station he hopes to pick up delegates in Birmingham — even if he can't win the state.

Posted on March 8, 2012, at 2:34 p.m. ET

Mitt Romney admitted Thursday that he might not be the most natural fit for upcoming primaries in Alabama, Mississippi, and Kansas.

Asked whether he thought he could win a Southern state during an interview with 100 WAPI's Leland Whaley, Romney hedged.

"I realize it's a bit of an away game, but I also think we're going to pick up some support in the states that remain this month," Romney said, before pivoting to the delegate race, where he holds a substantial lead over his rivals.

As Romney struggles going forward to win popular votes in Southern states—where his record on social issues and his Mormon faith make him a potentially less attractive candidate—his campaign will likely try to keep the focus on the delegates he racks up in the process of losing.

The full interview is below, courtesy of 100 WAPI. "Away game" talk starts around the 7:40 mark.