Even among evangelicals who say they are at least willing to consider Mr. Romney, support in many cases appears to be shaky. Larry Gordon, senior pastor of Cornerstone World Outreach in Sioux City, said his initial instinct was to rule out Mr. Romney because of his faith. But after his son, who is also a pastor at the church, came away impressed by Mr. Romney after an event, he began to examine him more closely.
The candidate isn’t letting his very good run obscure the difficulty of the race ahead:
“There are times when you have updrafts, and there are times when there are downdrafts,” Mr. Romney said in an interview. “This is an updraft for me.”