The meteoric political decline of George Romney is unparalleled in political history and in the history of presidential campaigning. In the space of one year, the man evolved from the overwhelming presidential favorite of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike to a presidential drop out, criticized severely and even mocked by press and public alike.
There are many opinions as to why this phenomenon occurred. The press has opinions, the public has opinions, and the people closest to George Romney have opinions.
A step by step analysis of Romney's campaign casts light on these opinions and completely discredits some while validating and emphasizing others.
Romney's campaign had finance problems, it had personnel problems, and, most of all, it had a candidate who never fully committed himself to the campaign, who never truly and deeply wanted the Presidency of the United States.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Political Science
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Eyre, Richard M., "George Romney in 1968, from Front-Runner to Drop-Out, an Analysis of Cause" (1969). All Theses and Dissertations. 4674.
George W. Romney, 1907-1995, Presidential candidates, United States, Biography, Presidents, Election, 1968