A top Mitt Romney supporter in Arizona said he's worried the candidate's difficulty in connecting with voters will cost him on Election Day.
Randy Pullen, a former Arizona Republican Party chairman who has endorsed Romney, said Rick Santorum was much better at connecting with people and said that Romney needs to focus more on direct appeals to voters.
Romney had double-digit leads in the two latest polls of Arizona, which votes next Tuesday. But he'd led in the state by wide margins before Santorum won three states earlier this month, and some polls in the last week have shown Santorum within a few points of him there.
Pullen said Romney had done well by securing major donors and top endorsements, but "somehow forgot that these people are the ones that vote."
Pullen predicted a Romney win in Arizona, but said that things had tightened considerably in recent weeks. He said Santorum is likely to win more votes on Election Day than Romney, but that early balloting would favor Romney and that would be enough for him to carry the race.
"He is certainly not ahead by 20 points like he was a few weeks ago after Florida," Pullen said. "On Election Day, I think Rick Santorum is going to win. But I think early balloting is going to Mitt. I think enough votes have already been cast."