The news for Mitt Romney has been pretty good lately; he leads the Republican presidential field in the the latest Gallup poll of the race.

Preference for 2012 Republican Presidential Nomination, May 20-24, 2011

Romney also ranks first among potential Republican primary voters who feel business and the economy are the most important issue right now. While polling at only 17 percent is a pretty modest lead, in a crowded field, a candidate will likely only need to get a little over 35 percent of the votes in the early primary states to pull of a plurality victory.

Romney has so far also shown some impressive fundraising numbers, recently bringing in $10 million in a single day. Most importantly, the rest of the potential field has turned out to be surprisingly weak, uninspiring, and/or flawed. Both Mitch Daniels and Mike Huckabee decided against running. Tim Pawlenty can’t seem to excite anyone, and Newt Gingrich seems to have a fatal case of foot-in-mouth disease.

I’ve long thought Mitt Romney’s embrace of health care reform in Massachusetts would make winning the GOP primary extremely difficult for Romney, but the 2012 GOP presidential primary may be a reminder that to win you don’t need to to be perfect, you just need to be slightly less worse than the other competition.