GOP superdelegates: It's over, Romney is nominee

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters at the end of his Super Tuesday campaign rally in Boston, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters at the end of his Super Tuesday campaign rally in Boston, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

WASHINGTON — It's over, and Mitt Romney is going to be the GOP nominee for president.

That's the growing consensus among Republican National Committee members who will automatically attend the party's national convention this summer and can support any candidate they choose.

Even some RNC members who support other candidates begrudgingly say the math doesn't add up for anyone but the former Massachusetts governor.

"I would be surprised if Romney doesn't get the number he needs," said Jeff Johnson, an RNC member from Minnesota who supports former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Bob Bennett, an RNC member from Ohio, was more blunt.

"Look, Gov. Romney's going to be the nominee, and he's going to have enough votes," said Bennett, who is publicly neutral but said he supported Romney four years ago.

Romney's chief rival, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, is vowing to stay in the race, hoping a win in his home state's primary on April 24 will give new life to his campaign. But Santorum has fallen far behind Romney in the race for convention delegates, and RNC members are taking notice, even though most are publicly staying neutral, preferring to let primary voters decide the nominee.

The Associated Press has polled 114 of the 120 RNC superdelegates, party members who can support any candidate for president they choose at the national convention in August, regardless of what happens in primaries or caucuses.

Results from the latest survey conducted Tuesday to Friday: Romney has 35 endorsements, far more than anyone else but a modest figure for the apparent nominee. Gingrich has four endorsements, Santorum has two and Texas Rep. Ron Paul got one.

RNC members have been slowly embracing Romney — he picked up 11 new endorsements since the last AP survey a month ago, after the Super Tuesday contests. Over the course of the campaign, however, Romney has methodically added endorsements from every region of the country. And in the U.S. territories, where voters help decide the nominee but can't vote in the general election, Romney has dominated.

Romney has endorsements from all three RNC members in Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands. He was endorsed by two of the three RNC members in Puerto Rico.

Romney may be struggling among voters in the South, but he was endorsed by two of the three RNC members in Mississippi, Henry Barbour and Jeanne Luckey. Romney even has support from RNC member Robert Asher of Pennsylvania, the state Santorum represented in the Senate.

Santorum's only endorsements are from RNC members in Iowa and Alabama. In Pennsylvania, state GOP chairman Robert Gleason is publicly neutral.

"I talked to Rick the other day," Gleason said. "He didn't even ask me to support him."

Texas GOP chairman Steve Munisteri said he talked to Santorum for about 20 minutes on Tuesday, when Santorum was in Texas for a fundraising event.

Santorum told him "what I already believed, which is we're only a little over the halfway mark and that he thinks he'll do really well in the Southern states," said Munisteri, who has yet to endorse anyone.

"He should go into those states as the front-runner," Munisteri said of Santorum. "If he can win Pennsylvania, he'd then be able to put a streak of five or six wins together based on all the Southern states holding primaries."

Seventy-two RNC delegates said they were either undecided or not ready to make a public endorsement. Many said they are eager for the nomination fight to end so the party can focus on defeating President Barack Obama in November.

But most said they are reluctant to ask Santorum to quit.

"The decision to get in or get out of a race is an extremely personal decision," said John Ryder, an RNC member from Tennessee who is neutral. "He's got to decide when he thinks it is no longer politically valuable to continue."

"It is very hard to see any path for Sen. Santorum to the nomination. It is very hard to see any path for Speaker Gingrich to the nomination," Ryder said. "But they and their supporters have to make that final call."

In the overall race for delegates, Romney has 660 and Santorum has 281, according to the AP count. Gingrich is even farther behind, with 135, followed by Paul with 51.

Romney has won 58 percent of the caucus and primary delegates so far. At that pace, he would reach the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination — 1,144 — on June 5, when voters got to the polls in five states, including delegate rich California and New Jersey.

Santorum met privately Thursday with conservative activists to work on plans to stop Romney's march to the nomination. The group decided to pressure Gingrich to leave the race, believing that would help unite conservatives behind Santorum.

Gingrich, however, has already scaled back his campaign to the point that he schedules few public events. In the three primaries last Tuesday, all won by Romney, Gingrich got 11 percent of the vote in both Maryland and the District of Columbia and 6 percent in Wisconsin.

Even if Santorum had picked up every vote for Gingrich, Romney still would have won all three primaries.

"It's over with," said Bennett, the RNC member from Ohio. "And if Romney carries Pennsylvania, that completes it. He'll be the presumptive nominee before the end of the month."

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Associated Press writers Brian Bakst in St. Paul, Minn.; Kantele Franko in Columbus, Ohio; Peter Jackson in Harrisburg, Pa.; and Will Weissert in Austin, Texas, contributed to this report.

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Beachglow writes:

People have known, as has the White House, that he would be the most competent nominee. Now let's put his expertise to work and run this country like a business and get it back up on its feet and hope we can undue all the damage that the current president has done and move us forward in a promising way, which the current president has not done even with a Democratic Congress for a few years.

HOORAY!

Lemme writes:

in response to Beachglow:

People have known, as has the White House, that he would be the most competent nominee. Now let's put his expertise to work and run this country like a business and get it back up on its feet and hope we can undue all the damage that the current president has done and move us forward in a promising way, which the current president has not done even with a Democratic Congress for a few years.

HOORAY!

Hold on Tonto.. cleaning up damage is what Democrats always do for republicans. Unfortunately the job isn't done yet which is why OBAMA will get 4 more years. Mitt won't win.. he is the epitome of what is wrong right now in this country. Hiding his money in foreign country's but wants to tell us what to do? Perhaps he should run for office where is money is located.

savenaples writes:

OBAMA SLIME MACHINE STARTS

The minute this is official - the Obama/Axlerod/Carville/Begala slime machine will unleash trash, garbage and shock on a time released basis structured to do the most character damage possible with it peaking in late October.

Obama has lied on everything he has done - everything.

The health care debacle alone is enough to fire Obama.

The price of gasoline and Obama blocking every single attempt to increase supply and reduce foreign dependancy is enough alone to fire Obama.

Secret comments to the Russian President intimating he is going to lie through his teeth during the campaign is more than enough to fire Obama.

Obama's sliming of the Surpreme Court is enough alone to fire Obama.

Obama's dicing of Israel is enough to fire Obama.

Energy, foreign affairs, wars, Israel, immigration, selective enforcement of US laws -

OBAMA MUST SLIME HIS OPPONENT - HE HAS NO OTHER METHOD TO STAY IN OFFICE.

ROMNEY WILL BE SLIMED IN THE MOST DESPICABLE AND SHOCKING OF WAYS.

OBAMA IS SHAMLESS - THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS.

nightranger writes:

in response to Lemme:

Hold on Tonto.. cleaning up damage is what Democrats always do for republicans. Unfortunately the job isn't done yet which is why OBAMA will get 4 more years. Mitt won't win.. he is the epitome of what is wrong right now in this country. Hiding his money in foreign country's but wants to tell us what to do? Perhaps he should run for office where is money is located.

The Deomcrats had two years in total control of the US House , US Senate, and the White House. They couldn't even pass a budget, much less balance one. Obama has had more deficit spending in 40 months than Bush did in 8 years. He took us from 7.1% unemployment, $1,89 gasoline, and delivered 9.1% unemployment and $ 4.00 gasoline. He added $7,000,000,000,000 to our national debt in only 40 months and will add more debt this year and surpass debt spending by all prior Presidents combined. In the business world we call this incompetent.

wonderful (Inactive) writes:

in response to savenaples:

OBAMA SLIME MACHINE STARTS

The minute this is official - the Obama/Axlerod/Carville/Begala slime machine will unleash trash, garbage and shock on a time released basis structured to do the most character damage possible with it peaking in late October.

Obama has lied on everything he has done - everything.

The health care debacle alone is enough to fire Obama.

The price of gasoline and Obama blocking every single attempt to increase supply and reduce foreign dependancy is enough alone to fire Obama.

Secret comments to the Russian President intimating he is going to lie through his teeth during the campaign is more than enough to fire Obama.

Obama's sliming of the Surpreme Court is enough alone to fire Obama.

Obama's dicing of Israel is enough to fire Obama.

Energy, foreign affairs, wars, Israel, immigration, selective enforcement of US laws -

OBAMA MUST SLIME HIS OPPONENT - HE HAS NO OTHER METHOD TO STAY IN OFFICE.

ROMNEY WILL BE SLIMED IN THE MOST DESPICABLE AND SHOCKING OF WAYS.

OBAMA IS SHAMLESS - THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS.

This is great Easter news as AAAmerica resurrects.

And NTW: obama will be impeached before the election unless the chicago pink slime machine can keep it covered up in the courts they so despise, eh?

President Romney already sounds better for the future instead of the present.

GITMO along!

Challenged writes:

Actions speak far louder than any words you can craft. I remember well what happened the last time the fox was placed in charge of the hen house. And now you want to fix the damage done by the fox by putting him back in charge. No thanks

savenaples writes:

in response to Lemme:

Hold on Tonto.. cleaning up damage is what Democrats always do for republicans. Unfortunately the job isn't done yet which is why OBAMA will get 4 more years. Mitt won't win.. he is the epitome of what is wrong right now in this country. Hiding his money in foreign country's but wants to tell us what to do? Perhaps he should run for office where is money is located.

TYPICAL LEFT WING NONSENSE - NOTE SOME FACTS:

In 2010 you told us Pelosi was going to win her seat back in a "landslide".

In 2010 Newsweek 8 weeks before the election ran a cover article titled "Is the Republican Party extinct".

In 2010 the press predicted that Democrats would win seats in every contest and the election would give Obama a massive mandate.

IN 2010, THESE ARE THE RESULTS:

Obama said his party was "anhiliated".

Republicans won the largest change in the House of Representatives since 1940 throwing Pelosi out of her Speakership and removing all Democrat Committee Chairs and eliminating Obama's veto proof majority.

Republican's turned out and replaced more governors than at any time in history.

And in the most stunning reversal - Republican dumped and replaced 715 state legislators.

And this happened while we listened and read the same sarcastic smug comments by people like you and the NDN.

In November of 2012 - Republicans will replace Obama and take the US Senate while keeping the House. The USA has had enough of the
lies
hand outs
deficits
dicing our allies
Solyndra's
immigration lies
crony capitalism
enviro-naziism
bowing to foreign leaders
giving up our defense
trashing honest people

In November America begins the long slog back to its former greatness.

Obama and slimy Democrats - your trashing of America is OVER.

big_peach_e writes:

So much for the power of the Tea Party loonies...every dog has his day...

Coastal writes:

Had Obama literally done nothing except watch Gilligan's Island reruns since he was elected, not only would the economy be in considerably better shape today, but he could learn a lot of tips from the Skipper on how to properly handle Joe Biden......

Bicyea writes:

This country is going DOWN.. I prefer a democrat be in office so we never forget who was running the show when it happens. A Romney nomination guarantees it.

bh1799 writes:

in response to savenaples:

TYPICAL LEFT WING NONSENSE - NOTE SOME FACTS:

In 2010 you told us Pelosi was going to win her seat back in a "landslide".

In 2010 Newsweek 8 weeks before the election ran a cover article titled "Is the Republican Party extinct".

In 2010 the press predicted that Democrats would win seats in every contest and the election would give Obama a massive mandate.

IN 2010, THESE ARE THE RESULTS:

Obama said his party was "anhiliated".

Republicans won the largest change in the House of Representatives since 1940 throwing Pelosi out of her Speakership and removing all Democrat Committee Chairs and eliminating Obama's veto proof majority.

Republican's turned out and replaced more governors than at any time in history.

And in the most stunning reversal - Republican dumped and replaced 715 state legislators.

And this happened while we listened and read the same sarcastic smug comments by people like you and the NDN.

In November of 2012 - Republicans will replace Obama and take the US Senate while keeping the House. The USA has had enough of the
lies
hand outs
deficits
dicing our allies
Solyndra's
immigration lies
crony capitalism
enviro-naziism
bowing to foreign leaders
giving up our defense
trashing honest people

In November America begins the long slog back to its former greatness.

Obama and slimy Democrats - your trashing of America is OVER.

blah blah blah... keep it to yourself. you serve no purpose and don't buy your BS

Lemme writes:

Will the tea party stand behind the RINO? This will be interesting to see..

big_peach_e writes:

Don't let the facts get in the way of your story Coastal...if the Republicans had their way, the US economy would be in the same quagmire as the UK...of course you don't get that news by watching Fox.

naples-is-a-sewer writes:

At this point Anybody is better than Odipsheit !!

jsnaples writes:

I think Obama deserves criticism. The leaders from both parties in both senate and house are pathetic.

But when comments from these readers come straight from the mouth of Fox News or Palin, I wonder if some of the ciritism is just planted from the media. Isn't there a way to have a real argument without getting our facts from the media (on both sides).

The news isn't the news anymore because a majority of us get our opinions from watching the news, not forming our opinions from getting the news. This is the big issue. I think we all need to stand up against how we get our information and how our information is controlled and then it will be clear how good/bad someone in office is and easier to have a discussion that is based on facts. I know that is ideal, but I am tired of getting into political discussions that start sounding like an identical arugment on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, etc.

Is anyone else tired of not really getting the facts anymore?

******Really, Enviro Naziism..so the environment is getting put on a train, separating families, starved and then killed. I am really f-in tired of people using that word to describe something they don't like.

jacktanner writes:

10,000 attend rally in California
http://www.dailypaul.com/224747/msm-p...

Greatest threat to national security and number one campaign issue
http://www.usdebtclock.org/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LC1RI...

Of the five men seeking the office of President, Ron Paul is the only one who has offered a serious plan with real cuts and a real path to economic prosperity.

First Year Spending Cuts One-Trillion.
Third Year Balanced Budget.
http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues...

http://www.dailypaul.com/221959/ron-p...

“The House GOP’s budget proposal does not balance the budget until the year 2040, and it adds billions to our already exploding deficits. In fact, this budget doesn't actually 'cut' any spending. It only reduces assumed increases in spending - essentially playing the same game the Washington establishment has played for years with our hard-earned money."

Ron Paul's past record, plan for the future, and appeal from a wide variety of general election voters, make him the only logical choice for the Republican nomination.
http://DailyPaul.com

Consistently Correct Leader
http://www.dailypaul.com/187612/new-v...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhyXqh...

theabyss writes:

America and its government... we all might be better off if the people took notice of just how much trouble we are in because of these folks. Wake up America.

Notahiredblogger writes:

You Republicans make me laugh, you can't accept responsibility for the things you've done so you blame the left. You say the President hasn’t done anything while in office, because you’ve blocked everything he’s tried to do. You continually make derrières of yourselves thinking no-one notices, believe us, we do. All the hype all the spin and lies you continue to pump out to the public, just makes them angrier towards your party, including your own party. Bullies the lot of you. Go regroup and comeback to represent the people and not yourselves. This is getting old. Grow up.

Notahiredblogger writes:

Obama will win hands down. Hope you Republicans will learn something from this.

Notahiredblogger writes:

in response to SoldierStrong:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Thanks for the proof I needed. This clearly shows you and the Right can not and will not accept responsibility or accountability. If you keep telling yourself something, you will eventually believe it. Obama will win Four More Years.

Illusion writes:

in response to Beachglow:

People have known, as has the White House, that he would be the most competent nominee. Now let's put his expertise to work and run this country like a business and get it back up on its feet and hope we can undue all the damage that the current president has done and move us forward in a promising way, which the current president has not done even with a Democratic Congress for a few years.

HOORAY!

Run this country like a business! Yes, just like the big business corporatist Obama.
Romney is no different than Obama. Mitt is enjoying the revenue stream from the TSA scanners. Let's see how many bail outs for companies are made by him;while increased taxes are leveraged against tax-payers. He did wonders for Massachusetts with all those increased taxes.

Either way, the sheeple voters will get four more years of the same thing, just a different sounding voice.

Illusion writes:

in response to Lemme:

Will the tea party stand behind the RINO? This will be interesting to see..

Depends on which tea party; the neo-cons, definitely!

Illusion writes:

in response to GOPWhistleblower:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

You can not refute Dr. Paul's voting record. Socially liberal and fiscally conservative is exactly what this country needs.

beerbong writes:

When a sitting President will sit in front of a TV camera and say I'm not a crook or I did not have sex with that woman. And seriously think we are s----- enough to believe it , we are in trouble. The lack of integrity has been around for a long time. Lets sit back for the next few months and see what BS comes from the mouths of these two losers. Too bad for both sides we always get stuck with second or third best. And I'm not saying that the other 3 GOP candidates are any better. Let the games begin.

Notahiredblogger writes:

in response to SoldierStrong:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

How do you define 4 more years of destruction of this Nation...? The Right raping the land and using all of our natural resources? That's how I'd describe it. Another thing the Right i.e.-(you) does is blame the messenger i.e.-(me) you don't see me calling you ignorant do you? When children are accused of doing something bad they blame someone else and get personal about it. I’m not getting personal with you, just your ilk.

When you can have a “grown-up” debate with and intelligent person let me know ok?

Maggotbrain writes:

The Republican presidential aspirants were an insult to America.
Romney is the only one who was not an embarrassment.

Now the election will be a contest between two different flavors of Harvard technocrat. I have misgivings about either one. Romney may have a slight edge if he chooses a capable VP. Biden is as dumb as Michelle Bachman and God help us, he's a heartbeat from the presidency.

It is regrettable that our primary system rarely selects out the most capable candidate. If McCain had won the 2000 nomination, the nation would have fared better after 9/11 than it did under Bush. If Mrs Clinton had won the Democratic nomination in 2008, I believe that some of Obama's rookie mistakes could have been avoided.

Coastal writes:

Gas prices rising over $4
Consumer confidence down
Home prices down
Unemployment up
GITMO still open, builds $750,000 soccer field

Sick writes:

Bye Bye Obama. Start packing.

warrenfire writes:

in response to Sick:

Bye Bye Obama. Start packing.

4 more years! No doubt.

NDNisLame writes:

in response to ISPEAKFORGOD:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Apparently, all of us who he calls "whining liberals" have millions of dollars, I sure would LOVE to have millions so I wouldn't have to work anymore. If only....

I love people who assume, they look like total fools running their mouths when they haven't a clue about what they are talking about. Quite sad and pathetic.

malcolmlandry writes:

in response to GOPWhistleblower:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

No, it is a racist white black who has never had a job. He has never done anything and never been anywhere. He can't even read a speech. He stands there stuttering and stammering. He is an embarrassment to the white black community. Obama was elected because of black racists who will only vote for a white black, and white losers who wish they were black. Obama would be a good candidate to run the african space program.

big_peach_e writes:

Say Malcolm, when you talk like that I see how the worry about deficits is a smoke screen for you TP loonies...we see your real issue and it ain't the budget.

raspberryberet writes:

Romney is a flip-flopping liar. Who in their right mind blasts the President for too many years at Harvard when he was there longer? Since when is education bad? It's ironic that the GOTP is against a universal health care plan when they supported it in the 90s. Hypocrites.

chucky writes:

Still waiting to hear the list of positive American advancements under the Obama/ Democrat Administration.....

The silence is deafening

JunkYardDog_1 (Inactive) writes:

in response to GOPWhistleblower:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

After reading the entire thread without making a comment, I've come to the conclusion you're the NDN King troll. I'll spare us all the word, "liberal" just to keep the other trolls at bay.

Keep quacking all you lame ducks.

RainMan writes:

in response to Notahiredblogger:

You Republicans make me laugh, you can't accept responsibility for the things you've done so you blame the left. You say the President hasn’t done anything while in office, because you’ve blocked everything he’s tried to do. You continually make derrières of yourselves thinking no-one notices, believe us, we do. All the hype all the spin and lies you continue to pump out to the public, just makes them angrier towards your party, including your own party. Bullies the lot of you. Go regroup and comeback to represent the people and not yourselves. This is getting old. Grow up.

ROTFLMAO.... http://email.glennbeck.com/gb40/c2.ph...
And you PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL lapdogs keep drinking the koolaid.

All one has to do, is look at the road President Obama has America on....

RainMan writes:

in response to Notahiredblogger:

How do you define 4 more years of destruction of this Nation...? The Right raping the land and using all of our natural resources? That's how I'd describe it. Another thing the Right i.e.-(you) does is blame the messenger i.e.-(me) you don't see me calling you ignorant do you? When children are accused of doing something bad they blame someone else and get personal about it. I’m not getting personal with you, just your ilk.

When you can have a “grown-up” debate with and intelligent person let me know ok?

Hmmm... have you watched this , http://email.glennbeck.com/gb40/c2.ph... , and after watching it, you still support this crook?

If you truely believe he is the best thing for America for the next four years... America is in real trouble.

big_peach_e writes:

So Rainman, your source is a guy who was too crazy for Fox News...as if that could even be possible...to be too crazy for Fox News...your best source, in an infinite world of information sources, your best source is Glenn Beck. I am guessing your IQ is in the 60-75 range. Just a guess, probably in the high range on a good day.

Klaatu writes:

Who really believes Romney has a chance of winning the White House?
Not Many!!!

For the past 6mos. all we've heard from Republicans themselves just how unqualified he is.

We've witnessed record low turn outs at the Republican Primaries. (well below 2008 levels) Even the most staunch Republicans stayed home and choosing not to vote for ANY of the dysfunctional candidates the GOP fielded!

Not many in the Republican party are excited about Mitt Romney. But just at look from what they had to choose from?

Coastal writes:

Americans still dying in wars of choice for nothing
S&P downgraded U.S. credit rating due to out of control debt
Stock market being propped up by printed money
Foreclosures rising
Record number of Americans in poverty
Obama Bypasses Congress, Gives $1.5 Billion to Muslim Brotherhood

Sick writes:

in response to GOPWhistleblower:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Obama has done nothing but drive this country into a hole.

It will take 3 republican terms to fix his mess.

Klaatu writes:

in response to Sick:

Obama has done nothing but drive this country into a hole.

It will take 3 republican terms to fix his mess.

But it only took two GOP terms to screw it up !
And the Republicans blaming Obama for not fixing their screw ups fast enough!

Their only plan has been to stop Obama at any cost!

savenaples writes:

in response to bh1799:

blah blah blah... keep it to yourself. you serve no purpose and don't buy your BS

What a significant contribution to the dicussion.

When you have nothing to add - why not just read postings and be quiet? Obviously you have nothing to add of any value.

Always going to be someone that objects but has no ability to articulate why. Just another lame Democrat Obama lover.

savenaples writes:

in response to Klaatu:

Who really believes Romney has a chance of winning the White House?
Not Many!!!

For the past 6mos. all we've heard from Republicans themselves just how unqualified he is.

We've witnessed record low turn outs at the Republican Primaries. (well below 2008 levels) Even the most staunch Republicans stayed home and choosing not to vote for ANY of the dysfunctional candidates the GOP fielded!

Not many in the Republican party are excited about Mitt Romney. But just at look from what they had to choose from?

Anybody but Obama.

No more "czars".

No more Sebelius.

No more Napoletano.

No more Panetta.

No more Hillary.

No more Axelrod.

No more Begalla.

No More Carville.

No more Golf.

No more million dollar vacations.

Stronger military.

Friends with Israel.

Friends with Britain.

Oil, oil, oil, oil, oil.

Coal, coal, coal, coal.

Nat gas, nat gas, nat gas, nat gas.

gasoline at $2.50/gallon.

JOBS, JOBS, JOBS, JOBS, JOBS, JOBS, JOBS.

AND SO MUCH MORE.

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