February 6th, 2008
09:45 PM ET
14 years ago

Romney soldiers on

BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) – The day after a disappointing Super Tuesday showing, a spokesman for Mitt Romney told reporters gathered outside campaign headquarters that the former Massachusetts governor would push on through to the nominating convention.

“John McCain had a good night, there’s no question about that. But that doesn’t mean Mitt Romney had a bad night," said Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney's traveling press secretary. “We won seven states, we’re number two in the delegate count and we’re moving forward to the next contest and we’re looking forward to it.”

Romney gathered his staff in a large room at the headquarters in the early afternoon to thank them for their hard work and to give them a pep talk. “Morale is very upbeat,” said Fehrnstrom, “if you guys were out here and heard the cheering and applause, that was for the governor and his performance last night. So everybody’s feeling good about the future.”

What the future holds is an uphill climb. Republicans have to win 1,191 delegates to clinch the nomination. To date Romney has won an estimated 270 delegates to John McCain’s estimated 680 - with roughly 1200 still up for grabs. That means he would have to win a full three-quarters of the remaining delegates against a candidate who is gathering steam.

Fehrnstrom said Romney's path to the nomination runs through Ohio and Texas, two of the biggest post-Super Tuesday states. “Texas has a very conservative Republican electorate, we expect to do well there,” he said, “and Ohio has some of the same economic problems as Michigan which we already won.”

Romney didn’t talk to the press Wednesday, instead making a quick exit with wife Ann to their car later in the afternoon.

On Thursday, Romney will give a speech to the Conservative Political Action Committee convention in Washington, D.C. and speak a dinner in Baltimore ahead of the D.C. and Maryland primaries on February 12. This weekend, he will travel to Kansas and Washington state to continue campaigning.

- CNN Political Producer Alexander Marquardt

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. rs wood

    What is Romney going to possibly do that he hasn't already done? He already won the Mormon states and the ones he's lived in–it gets no easier for him, and costs him a ton of money, and he's losing momentum in the media after his disappointing Tuesday.

    Stop holding Huckabee back and letting McCain run away with this nomination. Save your money for another good use.

    February 7, 2008 04:03 am at 4:03 am |
  2. Nancy Phx. AZ

    Go Mitt! You are by far the best candidate. You have all 3 legs of the thre- legged stool firmly in place. You have changed the conversations of all other candidates in the Republican Party. They are copying your words and trying to catch up to your understanding of what America needs. But you have always lived these principles and they come sincerely from your heart.

    February 7, 2008 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  3. Sandy

    I think it is good on Romneys part to still carry on. It may not help in this election but would certainly help in the next election. In any case Republicans have no chance of winning 2008 elections.

    February 7, 2008 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  4. SecondSage

    Go mitt Go, Unite the conservatives.

    Let the Mods go to Obama.

    Obama '08

    February 7, 2008 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  5. mrjimbo, Tx

    Go Mitt!
    You've got Wa., Idaho, Oh, NM, TEXAS, Oregon....ya, it will be very close, but these are not the "south" where, other than Arkansas, the vote was split in thirds.

    February 7, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. Colin Larsen

    Politics for some seems to be an ego busines. Is Romney serious or just nuts. He keeps listening to these loud mouth talk show and elite neo-cons pushing him like a broken jalopy while the results clearly showed that rank and file Republican voters are'nt voting for Romney. For all his money he has run third to McCain and Huckabee in AL, GA, TN, OK, MO and for all his push in CA, McCain clobbered him even among the most bedrock of Reagan couties: Orange, Riverside, San Diego and Ventura County. He should pack his bags and save his money...this cherry ain't gonna pop for you Romney boy. And you won't be the nominee in the future either...there are many more solid conservative GOP governors waiting in the wings.

    February 7, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |

    Mitt for President.. You have my support and vote.

    February 7, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Debbie

    I AM a Hillary supporter for many reasons, but if Obama should win the Democratic nomination– I will definitely vote Republican- and hopefully, it will be Romney. I feel he is the true Republican in the race.

    February 7, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Mike - Iowa

    Keep it up Mitt,
    McCain barely beat you in his home state and you throtled him in yours even when he had the backing of the newspapers.
    The WV deal was a joke and the American people know it.

    February 7, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |