2012 New England Primaries
So it is done, so shall it be written. With Rick Santorum's exit from the race 2 weeks ago, the process was set in motion for Mitt Romney to secure nomination. A process that should not have taken as long as it did to decide a candidate. A process that for all intents and purposes is over. Not just because Romney won fair and square either, but because Newt Gingrich's campaign is utterly broke. They're so far in debt there's no getting out of it now, and he's been forced to consider suspending his campaign. I expect that despite all the rhetoric to the contrary that Gingrich will drop out soon. Perhaps as early as next week.
The victory was a sound drubbing in every conceivable way, here's the breakdown:
Rhode Island - 100% precincts reporting.
Mitt Romney - 63% (9,157 votes, 15 delegates)
Ron Paul - 24% (3,462 votes, 4 delegates)
Newt Gingrich - 6% (878 votes)
Pennsylvania - 100% precincts reporting.
Mitt Romney - 58% (463,865 votes, 72 delegates)
Ron Paul - 13% (105,331 votes)
Newt Gingrich - 10% (83,775 votes)
New York - 75% precincts reporting.
Mitt Romney - 62% (95,310 votes, 72 delegates)
Ron Paul - 16% (24,066 votes)
Newt Gingrich - 13% (19,747 votes)
Connecticut - 100% precincts reporting.
Mitt Romney - 67% (39,763 votes, 28 delegates)
Ron Paul - 13% (7,940 votes)
Newt Gingrich - 10% (6,054 votes)
Delaware - 100% precincts reporting.
Mitt Romney - 56% (16,143 votes, 17 delegates)
Newt Gingrich - 27% (7,741 votes)
Ron Paul - 11% (3,017 votes)
Delegate Totals to Date 1,144 required to win.
Mitt Romney: 824 delegates.
Rick Santorum: 260 delegates.
Newt Gingrich: 137 delegates.
Ron Paul: 79 delegates.
It should have become clear with this that the math is now in Romney's favor to have a lock on this even if Gingrich is stupid enough to stay in. Santorum's delegates are beginning to disperse and will only continue to do so between now and June. Now if we could just get Ron Paul to go away too.
RIP United States of America
July 1776 - November 2012.
I would say the party announces Romney's victory within minutes of Gingrich officially dropping out. Then we can get down to business on getting rid of Obama.
@Fury: If Obama is the answer, the entire test was stupid to begin with.
My views have changed and developed over time, and while i am still firmly in the warming group, how we should go about transitioning to a low carbon economy has changed a lot, to the point where I even think that our Carbon Tax my not be a good thing at all.
Further more, I have always had a lot of respect for Nick Minchum, former conservative government member here in Australia, its just a pitty that there are not more like him currently in the Liberal ranks.
Oh and Samson, after watching the first show, you immediately came to mind, i thought it was funny how stereo typical we are at times in how we have debated this, the individualist and the egalitarian certainly shapes a lot of how we think on issues.
Not that I've ever been a fan of the carbon tax, although, I think Abbot has been using the whole 'toxic tax' phrase slightly too frequently. Although, I will enjoy watching those programs later tonight. God bless Fridays.
Given that there are no more viable candidates, that will be the end of election tracking here for now. Not a hell of a lot of point in reporting on Romney's unopposed victory now. You Ron Paul followers need to get over yourselves, he's got zero chance.
Ok, i have a question, what happens to all the votes that were given to people who dropped out before the end?
Politics being what they are, candidates announce their announcements in much the same way Bethesda likes to announce the announcement of DLC. It's all a game to these guys.
Question; why did Newt first have to announce that he was going to drop out in the near future rather than just announcing he was dropping out when he dropped out?
They don't always do that, but more often than not they do. Like Samson said, it's really all a game to most of these politicians, which is exactly what makes it so hard for me to "get behind" any of them most of the time. They really don't seem to care much about the issues or their constituents, just the job itself and the game of advancing their political careers.
Or maybe not.
Probably for the best
Did you read the rumours that Costello might be making a comeback? Now there is a conservative who could pull off federally what Campbell Newman did here in QLD. So would you vote for him? I think i would, considering how pathetic labour are currently. Certainly has to be better than Abbot.