Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has the GOP primary delegate math in his corner and his numbers continue to build toward what looks to be a Republican nomination in the horizon. The Associated Press spoke to Republican National Committee members who were not Romney supporters but admitted he would be the nominee.
“I would be surprised if Romney doesn’t get the number he needs,” said Jeff Johnson of Minnesota, who supports former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Former Senator Rick Santorum said he will remain in the race well past the primary of his own home state of Pennsylvania on April 24, but Mr. Santorum’s victory in his native state is far from guaranteed and he is well behind in the overall delegate count.
Although the Republican primary has become rough between candidates, it appears a finish line could be in site for former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
Mr. Gingrich told Brit Hume on Fox News Sunday that “Romney is far and away the most likely” nominee. However, Gingrich points out, that he is “glad [he] did this,” saying his decision to run was “the right thing for [him] to do.” Gingrich currently owes a little less than $4.5 million in campaign debt and has won only two primaries: Georgia and South Carolina.
“I hit him as hard as I could, he hit me as hard as he could — turned out he had more things to hit with than I did,” Gingrich said. “That’s part of the business.”
RNC super delegates are lining up their endorsements as well. According to the AP:
The Associated Press has polled 114 of the 120 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.
In 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 methodically has added endorsements from every region of the country. In the U.S. territories, where voters help decide the nominee but can’t vote in the general election, Romney has dominated.