Here is a brilliant analysis of the primary results from April 23rd compared to McCain's in 2008 at essentially the same stage of the race. This is from a gentleman "Frank" who is commenting at Conservatives4Palin and who makes an outstanding comparison.
of the races drew interest from me. Rhode Island and Pennsylvania
were held in 2008 after McCain had essentially won the nomination
just as Romney has now.
Rhode island McCain 17,480 Huckabee
1,777 Uncommitted 570 Total Votes 25,674
Rhode Island Romney 9,157 Paul
3,462 Gingrich 878 Other
579 Total Votes 14,489
only got a little over 50% of what McCain got and McCain was not Mr
Charisma. The turnout was down over 11,000.
129,323 Huckabee 92,430 Total Votes
2012 Pensylvania (99%) Romney
462,123 Santorum 146,337 Paul
104,942 Gingrich 83,523 Total votes
Pennsylvania, it looks like turnout may be slightly below or even
with the 2008 race. However Romney is running over 100,000 votes
behind Mr Charisma, John McCain.
people are not rushing out to support Mitt Romney. When you are
trailing John McCain, that is not good news. The percentages were not
that impressive. Not a good night for Romney.