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article imageRomney, Santorum, each suggest others should leave GOP race

By Marcus Hondro     Mar 7, 2012 in Politics
While Rick Santorum and some of his supporters feel Mitt Romney and his are premature in suggesting Santorum leave the race, some Santorum supporters suggested that Newt Gingrich leave. At the moment, however, it looks like no one is going anywhere.
Not even Ron Paul, who has yet to win a state.
All of this is in the wake of a Super Tuesday that saw Romney win six of the ten states, Santorum three and Gingrich his home state of Georgia. The delegate numbers for those still in the race for the GOP presidential nomination are as follows: Romney - 415; Santorum, 176; Gingrich - 105; Paul - 47.
Romney adviser: do the math
Most remaining states award their delegates proportionately instead of giving all to the winner of the state, as most of the states which have voted to date do. So more often from hereon in the winner gets only the amount of delegates proportionate to the percentage of the votes they won, meaning delegates are shared amongst the candidates.
Mr. Romney still has a long way to go to get to the 1,144 needed to take the party's nomination at the convention in August, but with delegates being awarded proportionately, he'll be adding to his totals whether he wins or loses most of the states that are not yet contested. Further, he is certain to win some states and come away with the higher delegate count from them.
“Super Tuesday dramatically reduced the likelihood that any of Governor Romney’s opponents can obtain the Republican nomination,” Romney adviser Rich Beeson wrote in a memo to reporters. "As Governor Romney’s opponents attempt to ignore the basic principles of math, the only person’s odds of winning they are increasing are President Obama’s."
Santorum's camp feel otherwise. “He wants us out so he can stop talking about conservatism,” his spokesman Hogan Gidley said. “There’s a whole game to be played here. There are 28 states left. They are going to get a chance to voice their opinion in this race, too.”
Santorum Supporters call for Gingrich to quit
Meanwhile, Santorum supporters would like to see the party's uber-conservative element unite behind their choice, which means they'd like to see Gingrich leave the race. The 'Red, White and Blue Fund', a group that has poured millions into Santorum's campaign, called Gingrich a "hindrance."
Stuart Roy of 'Red, White and Blue' said "based on his electoral performance" in Super Tuesday and his "out of step record" Gingrich has become nothing more than a “hindrance to a conservative alternative” and should exit. Not surprisingly, Gingrich feels otherwise, so much so that he took Super Tuesday and Georgia as a signal he's right back in it.
"I hope the analysts in Washington and New York, who spent June and July explaining our campaign was dead, will watch this tonight and learn a little bit from this crowd and from this place," Gingrich told a rally in Atlanta after his Georgia victory was secure.
Mitt Romney: get all the delegates
While Romney's camp would love to see the others drop out and hand him the nomination, it's not likely they expected them to do so. However, the numbers are such that it appears difficult for anyone else to supplant him in the lead before August.
Romney is confident it won't happen.
“We’ve got time, the resources and a plan to get all the delegates, and we think that will get done before the convention,” Romney said. “There’s not going to be a brokered convention where some new person comes in and becomes the nominee.”
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