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. Four and The Door

    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.
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Yeah, all those Chinese jobs for Michaels, Staples, Toys R Us, Dunkin' Donuts, Gymboree, Burlington Coat Factory...

    But do you know who is on a building and hiring binge in China? GM. And you and I as taxpayers own a big piece of that action thanks to Obama.

    March 7, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Anonymous

    "You won't need em. You will have a real job. You do want a real job, don't you ???"

    What, you think Rmoney will rub his magic underwear and jobs will appear? His track record as a vampire capitalist shows he's far better at destroying jobs (and shafting taxpayers) than he is at creating jobs.

    March 7, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Joe U

    Romney has twice as many delegates as Santorum and Gingrich put together. Who do you think is going to win California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, etc? Romney can win the nomination and the election without the Tea Party, and it would be good to do so. We need leadership at the center, not at the fringe. How many votes are Santorum and Gingrich going to get from the independents and democrats in the general election? Romney's "struggles" are due to one thing: religious bigotry by the "born agains."

    March 7, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    Big talk from a guy who is still only 35% to the nomination. I'll wait to see what happens in WY, MS, and the other thumper states with primaries coming up.

    March 7, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. diridi

    The way I am reading, and knowing, Gospel truth is No one in Republicans win this time. Because of IT awareness. Remote corners of the world knows this truth. Obama2012.
    PS: 250,000 jobs added to private sector, Nation is on right track, now than ever before. No War with Iran, Israel is playing wicked drama. We are not even importing their Oil....

    March 7, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. tjy

    I'm sorry, but for those of you who think Romney is buying delegates rather than earning them, that is just a pipe dream. Sure he buys more ad spots. That's because more people are willing to give him money. And an ad spot is not buying the election, it's just getting your message out. I'm happy to say I voted for Romney last night without receiving a single red cent from him. And neither has a single person who has voted for him. Go Romney!!!

    March 7, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. Howard

    CHARACTER = When a man, like Mitt Romney, donates his inheritance to charity .....

    CORRUPTION = When a man, like obama, uses the power of the state, to confiscate other people's hard earned money, squanders it, and finances loser companies, in exchange for political contributions, in an effort to get himself reelected.

    March 7, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    "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..
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    Brainstorming out loud, he is. Practicing his spin, he is. I sense that he has been overcome by the dark side of conservatism.

    March 7, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    "The community organizer has organized us in a big way."
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    Quite true Mittens, but not as hugely as the Party of No has managed to organize Americans against the GOP.
    Quite an accomplishment in just three short years n'est pas?.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    March 7, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Mikey

    "The community organizer has organized us in a big way."
    *******************************************
    Who are you calling "us"? Together with your trusts you have $300 million. You are pushing for huge tax reductions on unearned income, capital gains, AMT, and estates – the kind of taxes you pay. You are promising massive tax breaks, mostly for the rich, along with increases in defense spending, calls for war against Iran, no cuts in social security and medicare. Yet you promise to balance the budget. This is impossible – just another lie in a campaign based on outspending and trashing your opponents and lying about your primary opponents, the President, and many other things. Romney is Wrongney for America.

    March 7, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens needs a stunt double to stand in for him when he gets off the teleprompter
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    And when he mingles amongst the 99%ers, and when he debates the President, and when he gesticulates, and when.....

    March 7, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    Local news paper head line “Super Split” true

    Yesterday many who voted for Santorum won’t vote for Romney in general election they will stay home
    Average Joe we don’t feel Romney is one of us , honest we feel Obama understand our problems

    March 7, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Anonymous

    "Romney's "struggles" are due to one thing: religious bigotry by the "born agains."

    Umm, no. Rmoney's struggles are the result of his lack of leadership, his disdain for, and inability to connect with, average people, his acting and speaking like GWB V 2.0 (minus the compassion and public speaking skills), his flip-floppery and overall political cowardice, and his obvious willingness to put the needs of the corporate parasites and their corrupting influences above the needs of our nation.

    March 7, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. Anonymous

    "CORRUPTION = When a man, like obama, uses the power of the state, to confiscate other people's hard earned money, squanders it, and finances loser companies, in exchange for political contributions, in an effort to get himself reelected."

    That's just as ridiculous now as when you posted it last night. Virtually everything in there is a lie, and if you want an example, research Solyndra and political contributions. They went to the GOBP too, though you'll probably never admit it.

    March 7, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. diridi

    Four and truth, you are both idiots. o.k, GM has plants in the USA. I saw the parts are made in the USA, when I went to Mall, even T'shirts are saying, Made in USA.....don't believe, it is your karma, or lick backs of Rich, they do not care, they through in dust bin....and War,

    March 7, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Thomas

    Five sons , all avoided military service !

    The New Mormon cast system.

    Now Romney wants to send your children to war with Iran.

    March 7, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. B

    He might win, or BUY, the nomination, but he will lose the War of debate by Obama.

    You can’t by America Mitt and I will bet you 10 thousand dollars on that!

    March 7, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. justsaying

    How telling that the collaberating news networks are not reporting the close Republican primary quite the same way they covered the clsoe Obama/Hillary primary in 08...

    March 7, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. Al-NY,NY

    tjy

    I'm sorry, but for those of you who think Romney is buying delegates rather than earning them, that is just a pipe dream. Sure he buys more ad spots. That's because more people are willing to give him money. And an ad spot is not buying the election, it's just getting your message out. I'm happy to say I voted for Romney last night without receiving a single red cent from him. And neither has a single person who has voted for him. Go Romney!!!
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    so when the righties come on here during the general election and complain about Obama's "billion dollar war chest" you'll say the same thing correct??

    March 7, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. diridi

    yes, Rich needs to pay at least 40% of Taxes, whereas Romney paid 13%. Ha...you are backing, lacking brain. GM is not shipping jobs, yes it used to ship in Bush era, not now....Fin. Reg. Reform takes care of all.....watch. These idiots of GOP go doll-drums...beating drums with horns begging for alms...

    March 7, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. cali girl

    I don't hear any fat lady singing.. Or for that fact any lady singing. Or will the minorites, gays, immigrants, and young people. For someone who says he loves America, but clearly does not like the American People. No thanks Robmey.

    March 7, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. cali girl

    I don't hear any fat lady singing.. Or for that fact any lady singing. Or will the minorites, gays, immigrants, and young people. For someone who says he loves America, he sure shows that he clearly does not like the American People. No thanks Robmey.

    March 7, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:

    But do you know who is on a building and hiring binge in China? GM
    --------------
    No, they're not. GM passed on manufacturing the Chevy Volt in China because of Chinese regulations that require any copyright discoveries made on Chinese soil belong to China. Ditto for any propreitary technologies that are used on Chinese soil. GM also sold one or more brand namess to Chinese investors, like the Hummer brand, during their restructuring.

    March 7, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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