Entries in GOP Nomination (4)


Mitt Romney Secures Republican Nomination

Scott Olson/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- After a long and hard-fought primary season, Mitt Romney Tuesday officially became the Republican Party's presidential nominee, securing the 1,144 necessary votes and taking the presidential election into the homestretch.

Delegates from New Jersey put Romney over the top, capping a race for the White House that began for Romney in 2004.

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During a roll call in which each state pledged their delegates, Romney won the lion's share. However, each time delegates were pledged to Texas Rep. Ron Paul, the hall erupted in loud applause, indicative of his still-insurgent support and fissures in the party.

The roll call took place just hours after Romney arrived in Tampa Tuesday under sunny skies.

Paul never officially suspended his presidential campaign. Paul supporters looking for a floor fight over new rules to prevent insurgent candidates from amassing delegates at the convention were mostly stymied by a backroom deal brokered Monday night.

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Mitt Romney Set to Clinch GOP Nomination

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Mitt Romney is about to become mathematically inevitable.

When Texas ends its GOP primary tonight, the presumptive nominee is all but certain to clinch his party’s presidential bid, surpassing the 1,144 delegates he’ll need to secure the GOP nomination at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August.

Romney will need to secure a little more than 38 percent of the vote in Texas to reach the magic number. He has taken more than 60 percent in every primary since April 24, when he fell short of that mark in Pennsylvania and Delaware, two weeks after Rick Santorum dropped from the race.

Romney controls 1,086 delegates, according to the latest ABC News estimate. To clinch the nomination, he’ll need to win 58 of Texas’s 155 delegates.

It has been a long campaign for Romney, who has shared front-runner status since its beginning. In total, 48 contests have been held, not counting Missouri’s nonbinding primary and caucuses.

Romney has won 36 of the contests, collecting 6.8 million votes, 48 percent of the popular vote in GOP primaries across the United States and its territories. His nearest competitor, Santorum, won 10 contests, 253 delegates and 3.5 million votes for a 25-percent share of the overall popular vote. Newt Gingrich won two states, 131 delegates and 18 percent of the votes; Ron Paul has won no states, 119 delegates and 11 percent of the votes.

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Texas Primary: Romney Expected to Clinch GOP Nomination

Bill Pugliano/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Everything’s bigger in Texas, and Tuesday’s state and presidential primary is no exception.

Mitt Romney is expected to reach (and surpass) 1,144 delegates Tuesday night -- the magic delegate number needed to officially win the GOP nomination.  With 155 delegates at stake, Texas’s GOP primary is the largest delegate prize in the contest so far -- the second largest overall.  California will offer the most delegates on June 5.

Bigger than the delegate math however, is the Republican Senate primary, which is so far the most expensive Senate race in this election cycle.  Some $25 million has been spent on behalf of the candidates seeking to fill the seat left open by Kay Bailey Hutchison’s retirement.  Although the list of candidates on the ballot is long, the race is mostly considered to be contained to David Dewhurst, the state’s lieutenant governor, and Ted Cruz, the former solicitor general.

The Dewhurst/Cruz race has been largely framed as an establishment vs. Tea Party battle, with Dewhurst labeled as the establishment candidate, and Cruz appearing to claim the Tea Party mantle.  Cruz has received endorsements from national Tea Party figures like Sarah Palin and Jim DeMint, but Dewhurst has numerous conservative endorsements as well such as Rick Perry and Mike Huckabee.

Texas election code stipulates that a candidate must receive 50 percent of the vote to win their party’s nomination outright.  If no candidate passes that mark, the two top finishers will go into a runoff, which would take place on July 31.

Polls show Dewhurst, 66, in the lead and Cruz, 41, in second place, but Dewhurst is shy of 50 percent.  A Dewhurst/Cruz runoff seems very possible at this point.

The Democratic Senate primary looks likely to go to a runoff as well, with polls showing a close contest between former state Rep. Paul Sadler and Sean Hubbard, a 31-year-old newcomer to the Texas political stage.  But that race has received considerably less attention and funding, in large part because Texas is viewed as a solidly Republican state.´╗┐

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Haley Barbour: Contested GOP Convention "Not Necessarily Bad"

Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- While he will not weigh in on who he thinks should get the GOP nomination, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said on the “This Week” roundtable that it is growing more and more likely that it will be months before his party coalesces around a nominee and that there will likely be a contested Republican convention.

“We have had twice — three times really — Governor Romney looked like he was poised to begin coalescing, and each time he lost the next week, and now we’re at another juncture,” Barbour said.

Other GOP big hitters, such as Mike Huckabee, have said a brokered GOP convention would be a “train wreck” and a “disaster” for the party, but Barbour said today such a scenario is “not necessarily bad.”

“Whether or not we have an open convention is up to the primary voters who are left between now and there,” Barbour said. “If it is a convention where we get there with nobody having the vote, [that is] not necessarily all bad.”

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