Like dinner though, they're done.
After the April 3 primaries in D.C., Maryland and Wisconsin it is truly all over but the shouting. Going in Romney had a delegate lead of 572 to Santorum's 272, Gingrich's 135 and Paul's 51. Now Romney
has 646, getting 16 of 19 delegates in D.C., 28 of 37 in Maryland and 30 of 42 in Wisconsin. The rest of the delegates will be awarded on the basis of who won districts so Romney will gain most of those, too.
GOP Race: Romney delegate count grows
The majority of remaining states do not award all of their delegates to the winner as many states who've already voted do, but award them proportionately
. So the winner will get only the amount of delegates that is proportionate to the percentage of the votes they won, meaning delegates are shared amongst candidates. Given that, even if he wins most states, Santorum will find it impossible to chip away at Romney's lead enough to catch him.
As for Gingrich and Paul, they'd have to be in the business of conjuring to find enough delegates to take the convention in August. And while Romney has a long way to go he's over halfway to the 1,144 delegates needed to win and with most delegates being awarded proportionately now, he'll add to his totals whether he wins or loses. And helping Romney is the fact that in the polls he leads
in 5 of the 6 states that vote on April 24.
GOP fight going to convention
So what are they doing? They're saying they're taking their campaigns, and it seems misguided hopes, all the way to the convention. It's creating, naturally, disharmony, and there will be less time to heal wounds and aim a unified front at the Democrats and Barack Obama. The three losers are grabbing at political straws but there are no straws to grab at.
It is about showcasing their conservatism to the convention, about their distaste for Romney and his failure, in their eyes, to represent the element of the party they believe to be the most vibrant and relevant. But given the party continues to reject them it seems they are the ones lacking in the eyes of American Republicans and they aren't doing their party any favours by staying on.
Like a badly cooked dinner, they are overdone.