Politics

Romney Clinches Republican Nomination for President

Wed., May. 30, 2012 3:07 PM EDT
by Terry Shropshire

It’s now official. It is incumbent President Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney for the right to reside in the White House after November. Romney clinches Republican nomination for president after winning 100 delegates in the state of Texas that took him over the prerequisite threshold to win the GOP nod.

Not that much of the American electorate has been paying attention, or even care at this point, since the outcome was axiomatic, but the former Massachusetts governor claimed 105 of the 152 delegates at stake in the Texas primary Tuesday, pushing him well past the number needed to win the nomination to take on Obama with the Oval Office as the ultimate prize for the winner.

Even smaller numbers are still paying attention to Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who stopped campaigning in primaries but is still accumulating delegates, won 18. The rest were sprinkled among candidates who dropped out of the race weeks or even months ago.

Texas awarded delegates in proportion to the statewide vote. Candidates could win a delegate with as little as 0.4 percent of the vote.

Romney has 1,191 delegates. It takes 1,144 delegates to win the nomination at the party’s national convention in August.

– terry shropshire

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