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Mitt Romney says he’s “winning.” So did Charlie Sheen.

It’s an old Karl Rove strategy. But it just isn’t true.

In this morning’s Politico Playbook, Mike Allen points out the facts:

A cold shower for the GOP: Most polling shows Romney trailing in Ohio, Wisconsin, Nevada, New Hampshire and Iowa—by MORE than Obama trails in North Carolina.

The fact is that if the president wins in Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa or Nevada, he wins. He is up in all of these states, especially in polls that include people who only have cell phones.

The Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent adds:

Another factoid no one will discuss: The race is tighter in VA than in OH. But somehow it’s been decided that Romney has won VA.

Republican’s deluding themselves into thinking they’re winning isn’t just a feature of their Republican brains, it’s a strategy. They know swing voters tend to vote for the winner. But the winner according to the best estimates is still looking like President Obama.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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Doug Mastriano is a QAnon conspiracy theorist and January 6 insurrectionist who this week won the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania governor. Mastriano is also anti-Muslim: He previously shared an image with the words, “Stop Islam” and a post claiming that “the American People have a right to be fearful of the prospect of a large number of muslims being elected to congress, specifically if they practice Sharia law.”

In addition to running for governor, Mastriano is a Pennsylvania state senator, a right-wing commentator, and a frequent guest in right-wing media. He regularly pushes lies about the 2020 election being stolen from former President Donald Trump.

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