Mitt Romney has won the most states, he has won the most dedicated delegates. He has the most money, and the most professional campaign. He really is the presumptive nominee. Just look at the delegate maths in the remaining states. It is easy to see that for either Gingrich or Santorum to win the necessary 1140 delegates to secure the nomination they would have to absolutely sweep every contest and leave almost no delegates for any of their competitors.
That is impossible.
No one but Mitt Romney can win the nomination outright.
But together Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul can deny Romney the nomination, create havoc at the Republican convention, destroy the party’s chances against Obama by depleting GOP resources, and tear Republicans apart.
When do party leaders like Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and Republican governors step in and put pressure on Gingrich and Santorum to “do what’s best for the party,” and gracefully bow out? When do they feed media outlets the argument that the ongoing and futile campaigns of Santorum and Gingrich are doing irreparable damage not just to the nominee but to the GOP brand?
Our bet is that this starts very soon.
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