Chart Info: Chart shows trend in statements about Mitt Romney’s campaign strategy (black) and position (red) in the election. March 21-April 17

Statements concerning Mitt Romney’s position in the race for GOP nominee dropped drastically following Santorum’s exit.  On April 3rd, 41% of statements about Romney concerned his position in the race, and only 21% were about his campaign strategy.  Almost two weeks later, on April 15, just 6% of discussion about Romney was about his position in the race, and 33% was about his strategy.

Following Santorum’s announcement to suspend his campaign, Romney became the inevitable nominee and the focus of discussion shifted to his strategy for defeating Obama in the general election.  Along with strategy discussion for capturing the women, evangelical and independent voters, coverage about Romney’s has also included opinions on potential running mates.