By Lisa Wangsness, Globe Staff
Hoping to stop John McCain from nailing down the nomination, Mitt Romney is planning to target the delegate-rich Ohio and Texas primaries on March 4, and will campaign this week in Kansas and Washington, which hold Republican caucuses on Saturday.
“We’re number two in delegates. We feel very good about our chances going forward,” Romney’s traveling press secretary, Eric Fehrnstrom, told a scrum of reporters camped outside Romney’s North End headquarters today.
Ohio, Fehrnstrom said, is struggling with many of the same economic problems as Michigan, which Romney won last week. Texas, he said, has a very conservative primary electorate, which should respond well to Romney’s message of economic, social and national security conservatism.
The Kansas and Washington caucuses should be friendly territory because Romney tends to do well in contests where he can leverage his organizational and financial muscle, Fehrnstrom said.
“We’re going to have the resources we need to compete going forward,” Fehrsntrom said. “He’s raising more money than he’s putting in.”
Fehrsntrom described the morale of the staff as “very upbeat.”
“Everyone is feeling good about the future, and we’re going to move forward from here,” Fehrnstrom said.
Romney got a big applause from his staff when he met with them this morning, he said.
“John McCain had a good night -- no question about that,” Fehrnstrom said. “But that does not mean Governor Romney had a bad night. We tip our hat to John McCain. He won, I think, nine states. We won seven.”
Romney had no public appearances scheduled and planned to spend the rest of the day meeting with aides and writing his speech to the Conservative Political Action Committee tomorrow.