Mitt Romney will be the GOP nominee

The delegate process isn’t over in many states, but Mitt Romney, after winning the Texas Republican primary last night, has mathematically secured enough delegates to win the GOP’s presidential nomination:

With a victory in Texas on Tuesday night, Mitt Romney secured the necessary delegates to clinch the Republican nomination that will be awarded in Tampa this summer.

“This was a big day by the way - 1,144. We finally got there,” Romney said at a Las Vegas fundraiser on Tuesday night. “It’s an honor and a privilege, an honor and a privilege, and a great responsibility. And I know the road to 1,144 was long and hard, but I also know that the road to 11/06, November 6, is also going to be long, it’s going to be hard and it’s going to be worth it because we’re going to take back the White House and get America right again.”

Shortly after the polls closed in Texas at 9 p.m. Tuesday night, Romney was projected to finally obtain the needed 1,144 delegates, according to The Associated Press.

Of course, Ron Paul’s supporters will quickly say that number of delegates that Romney has received is only a “soft count,” and will note that delegates haven’t been awarded to Romney at this point since they are not decided until state conventions and congressional caucuses. That’s true. However, this doesn’t seem to be a route that Paul’s campaign wants to take given that his campaign has taken a step back and other comments Paul himself has made, such as the platform being where he wants to leave his influence. And more recently, it looks like Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has all but endorsed Romney.

Dragging this out or putting up a fight on the convention floor in Tampa will probably do more diminish any influence that Paul will leave on the GOP, not to mention it could hurt his son’s political future.

Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee. Don’t like it? Neither do I. There are other options, which is why I’m going to vote for Gary Johnson in the fall.

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