(CNN) - Anticipating a win for Mitt Romney in Wisconsin, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan on Sunday predicted the contest in his home state would close the deal for the candidate moving forward.
“If Romney gets a big delegate count, which I think he'll get, we believe as conservatives we should coalesce around our nominee and focus on the task at hand, which is the fall election, and not drag this thing out,” Ryan said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
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The Wisconsin congressman, a big star in the GOP for his reduction-heavy budget plans, made headlines when he endorsed Romney on Friday.
On Sunday he argued the Republican presidential race would essentially be over if Romney pulls out wins in Tuesday’s contests in Wisconsin, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
Ryan said the remainder of the race would be too much of an uphill battle for Romney’s main opponent, Rick Santorum.
“I think (Santorum) would need something like 82% of the rest of the delegates. That’s not going to happen,” Ryan told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.
Following Ryan's endorsement Friday, questions quickly swirled over whether he could be a potential running mate for Romney. Asked Sunday about a potential GOP vice-presidential offer, Ryan said it was too soon to begin focusing on that process.
“I have no clue who that’s going to be, who that person is and where they come from. I don’t see the point speculating on all of that,” Ryan said. “We have jobs to do where we are. I have jobs to do as a budget chairperson. I’m focused on that. Let’s get this primary taken care of, then everybody can worry and speculate.”