(CNN) Mitt Romney’s twin victories Saturday in Maine and in a conservative straw poll were badly needed bright spots for his campaign at the end of what was perhaps the most humbling week of his presidential candidacy, a five-day stretch that exposed the former Massachusetts governor’s frail relationship with conservatives.

One day after dubbing himself a “severely conservative Republican” in a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, Romney won a presidential straw poll of conference-goers with 38% of the vote to Rick Santorum’s 31%.

But is this enough to help him regain the lead that he believed he had? Will conservatives really see him as the man to bring their wants to table during the actual general election? Or are these wins reflective of where Romney really holds strength: in the slightly conservative pockets of the US.

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