Romney expects to win nomination outright
March 7th, 2012
10:18 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney expects to win nomination outright

(CNN) – While some see no impending end to the GOP nomination battle, Mitt Romney reiterated Wednesday that he expects to capture his party's nomination, and does not foresee an open or contested convention.

"We've got the time and resources and a plan to get all the delegates. We think that will get done before the convention," Romney said in a CNBC interview. "One thing I can tell you for sure is there's not going to be a brokered convention where some new person comes in and becomes the nominee. It's going to be one of the four people that are still running."

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Each of those four picked up some delegates from the ten contests on Tuesday, with the most – almost 200, by CNN's projection – going to Romney. The former Massachusetts governor won six contests, including a close win in the battleground of Ohio, his home state of Massachusetts, and Virginia, where only he and Ron Paul were on the ballot.

Romney said his organization has and will keep him competitive.

He has "a very strong lead in terms of the number of people who have actually voted for our campaign," Romney said. "We've organized a very effective team. I'm really proud of the folks across the country that have been making the calls, knocking on doors, turning out voters."

With the delegate count split, talk of a contested convention – where no single candidate has the 1,144 candidates needed to win the nomination – remains. In that scenario, a person not currently in the field could enter and win.

Sarah Palin, the party's 2008 vice presidential candidate who previously appeared to be considering a 2012 presidential bid, did not shoot down the idea of that person being her in an exclusive interview with CNN.

"Anything is possible. I don't close any doors that perhaps would be open out there, so, no, I wouldn't close that door," Palin said after casting her vote in Alaska's Republican caucuses. "My plan is to be at that convention."

With approximately one out of three delegates to the convention now decided, it would be an uphill battle for Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, or Ron Paul to become the nominee. Methods of allocating delegates proportionally to the actual vote has been one reason for a longer 2012 primary season than in 2008. That year, Sen. John McCain of Arizona had won the race by early March, though also due to frontloading, more contests had taken place by then.

Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, is projected at second in the delegate count after winning the North Dakota caucuses and primaries in Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Gingrich, a former House speaker, on Tuesday won his home state by twenty points, giving him fuel to continue. Paul did not win any contests on Tuesday, but accumulated some delegates, and said in a CNN interview that the race is far from over.

"Nobody is going to clinch the election today," he said in an interview on CNN's "John King, USA" before Tuesday's results were known. "Sorting all this delegate selection process, I think we have a little bit of time left before you declare anybody a winner."

Although Romney is hundreds of delegates, and many contests from the nomination, he predicts the Republican party will coalesce behind the eventual winner.

"When we have a nominee, we will come together because Barack Obama has organized the conservative community, let's put it that way," Romney said in the Wednesday interview. "The community organizer has organized us in a big way."

Also see:

Palin votes for Gingrich

'Joe the Plumber' wins GOP primary in Ohio

In battle of incumbents, Kucinich loses House seat in Ohio

Palin on open convention: Anything is possible


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Republicans
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Dave

    No big deal, given the idiots he's been running against. Team Romney still can't make this turkey fly.

    March 7, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    We've got the time and resources and a plan to get all the delegates. We think that will get done before the convention,"
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    I think that Perry was still in the race when The Memo went out that everybody, specifically the other nominees,were to keep their hands off of you Mittens. We knew then that you were their Chosen One.
    Our Chosen One is chomping at the bit waiting on your robotic,flip-flopping, lying, over-protected, elitist, vulture-capitalist, Swiss accounting butt.
    See you in the general Mittens!
    Obama 2012.

    March 7, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    For once, I agree with the Gaffer. He will win his party's nomination because he has the money, he has the cash, and he has the resources to buy the votes.

    March 7, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Four and The Door

    "When we have a nominee, we will come together because Barack Obama has organized the conservative community, let's put it that way," Romney said in the Wednesday interview. "The community organizer has organized us in a big way."
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    How true. And very clever, Mitt... but true. Obama ( along with his sidekicks Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid ) organized the Tea Party and helped load the House of Representatives with a very conservative freshman class.

    But at the end of this Republican nomination process, Americans will band together and send a message to Washington that big government, bug spending, big debt, non-performance and political games are unacceptable. We can do better. The voters are in charge. Romney 2012.

    March 7, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    "....Mitt Romney reiterated Wednesday that he expects to capture his party's nomination, and does not foresee an open or contested convention."
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    There are discrete, finely drawn lines between wishful thinking, setting realistic goals, and delusional dreams. It is way too early to make predictions that Mitt Romney can win the nomination on the first vote at the convention. Mitt Romney still has a few more gaffes to get out of his system, beginning with this one. Over confidence is a failing, Mr. Romney.

    March 7, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. king

    These repubs are amazing, bush fought 2 wars in the earl 2000s and before he raise taxes to pay for them he amazingly lowered taxes and crashed our economy. Now these repubs saying they wont raise taxes, which are at historic lows, and vying to lower them, yet they want to start another war with Iran! Is this me or is this ground hog day. Yet they keep slinging their trap about America is broke and we need to save our budget. I am amazed how the rich and the powerful and repubs can persuade the gullible in this country and lead us in to destruction and mayhem

    March 7, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. steve

    of course Plain backs a looser

    March 7, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens needs a stunt double to stand in for him when he gets off the teleprompter.

    March 7, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. Anonymous

    As usual, CNN fails to disclose some important facts: Rmnoney and his PACs outspent Santorum and his by about 5-1, which is even more lopsided than in Michigan. Given the narrow margin in both states, it would appear Rmoney is buying delegates, not winning the hearts and minds of voters. And so far, of the stories I've read this morning, CNN is very carefully avoiding any comparisons between turnout yesterday and four years ago. Hmmmmmm.

    March 7, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I think republicans are over looking the 'bug' spending by the republicans that got us into this mess. They think Mittens' additional tax cuts for the wealthy that will add $3.4 trillion to our debt is going to help. It will only turn our country back toward the Bush/republican near depression.

    March 7, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. Dr Knowitall

    Amazing how the ticker protects Obama and claims of Communism by deleting legitimate posts. Is saying that Obama is a Communist defamatory ?

    March 7, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    It's fun to play the Where's Waldo? game and look for minority faces in these GOBP crowds.

    March 7, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I beleive the tea baggers and tea party were the result of the Kochs and Fox foreign owned media.

    March 7, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. diridi

    As I told, He may be front-runner, but will never win with Obama. For various reasons this dude will never win, one of them, is Flip-Flopper.....Bani-Capital. Shipped jobs to CHINA. If you want America collapse like Bush, this guy, but people are smart, will never vote for this idiot.

    March 7, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. Randy, San Francisco

    Mitt has run so hard and so fast to the right of the politicla spectrum he is no longer acceptable to moderate and independent voters. If Gingrich and Santorum can stretch the race to the convention, Mitt will have so much mud on him from negative PAC ads he won't be able to wash it off til after the November election.

    March 7, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    What does Willard have to say about the economy adding 216,000 jobs in February? This guy is toast if he gets the nomination.

    March 7, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. Democrat for Romney

    Everybody keep on crying about Romney, but is the best choice we have period.

    March 7, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    There are extreme right wingnuts that are dumber than a stick who call the president a communist, yet they support the Fox foreign owned media with a hint of Saudi.

    March 7, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If I called extreme right wingnuts 'fascists,' would CNN print it?

    March 7, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Humm,
    If Romney wins he is going to take away your Rubber Ducky, your unemployment stipends and your food stamps. You won't need em. You will have a real job. You do want a real job, don't you ???

    March 7, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. Dave

    This is just SEVERE lip service from Mr Personality. Right now as we speak, Romney is with his advisors & ready to promise positions to the other 3 & Pauls son. He doesnt have the backbone or courage to chance a brokerd convention.. Willard is going to do this the W way. With boatloads of cash & Closeure very soon.

    March 7, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. bettyboop33

    GOP organized??? He thinks the GOP is organized?? ROFL!

    March 7, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Grover – Mittens can never acknowledge anything good that our president does. He would say if he was president, that Ann would create 216,001 jobs.

    March 7, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. Anonymous

    Bring Romney on – he will be beaten in November.

    March 7, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. Anonymous

    "Is saying that Obama is a Communist defamatory?"

    In a way, since it's not true. More importantly, though, is that it is so completely ignorant and idiotic that it adds nothing and only lowers the quality of this site.

    March 7, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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