GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Mitt Romney is looking for a sweep in the next three Republican primaries, expecting to tighten his grasp on the party's nomination.
Regardless of the outcome in Tuesday's Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C., primaries, the GOP front-runner is rapidly shifting toward the general election. And that means facing challenges presented by President Barack Obama's better-financed and better-organized opposition.
These days, Romney is ignoring his Republican rivals and taking it to the Democratic president, whom he accused Monday of "crushing dreams" with what he called a "government-centered society."
The grinding Republican primary, already 3 months old, has complicated Romney's ability to re-focus his broader organization toward Obama. Aides concede that staff building and fundraising for the fall match-up are lagging.