A drawn-out fight for the Republican nomination could work to frontrunner Mitt Romney’s advantage if he uses it to develop his campaign structure in swing states key to beating President Barack Obama in November.

That’s what happened in 2008, when Obama built a formidable organization that registered hundreds of thousands of new voters and signed up an army of volunteers during his own long primary battle with Hillary Clinton…

Winning over independents and mobilizing less riled-up supporters still requires strong, local organizations able to knock on doors, make phone calls and even drive supporters to the polls.

“We have not seen that on the Republican side,” an Obama campaign official told AFP.