Mitt Romney may be consolidating his lead over Rick Santorum in the race to secure the GOP nomination picking up an endorsement from Marco Rubio on Wednesday night and from members of the Bush family. But the Republican presidential hopeful is facing a new and potentially very serious crisis in his campaign.

The former Massachusetts governor’s most serious problem going forward– one that the Wall Street Journal called attention to in early March — is that his negative rating exceeds his positive rating by double digits.

In the recently released nationwide ABC News/Washington Post poll a mere 34 percent of Americans say they have a favorable opinion of Mr. Romney– a record low for any leading presidential candidate in a primary season in an ABC News/Washington Post survey data since 1984.

Meanwhile half of voters (50%) say they have an unfavorable impression of the former governor.

In most elections that I have been involved with, it certainly is the case that candidates whose negative ratings are over 50% tend to lose.

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