Romney’s Out!

Mitt Romney suspended his presidential campaign on Thursday, February 7, 2008. This goes a long way toward clinching Sen. John McCain as the GOP presidential nominee.

I must now stand aside, for our party and our country. If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror.

— Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney’s decision leaves McCain as the frontrunner in the GOP primary race, with Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul lagging far behind in the hunt for voter support, campaign contributions and delegates. Post Super Tuesday McCain led with 707 delegates, to 294 for Romney and 195 for Huckabee. It takes 1,191 to win the GOP nomination at this summers convention in St. Paul, Minn.

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9 Responses to “Romney’s Out!”

  1. aafke Says:

    Ah, he plays the ”suspension-card”
    I didn’t want Romney anyway.

  2. jonolan Says:

    It’s not quite the same as when a Democrat does it. The Republican National Party will redistribute Romney’s delegates unlike Edwards, who retains his and gets a say in their later reallocation.

  3. Christy Says:

    Why the difference?

  4. Christy Says:

    (I managed to go about my workday without hearing this at all – impressive, eh? Good thing I checked in here. Good grief. I need to get out from under this work rock I’m apparently hiding under, haha.)

  5. jonolan Says:

    Christy,

    The difference is that when a Democrat suspends his campaign, he keeps his delegates and has a very big say in who they are later reassigned to. The Republicans instead reallocate the suspended campaign’s delegates without input from the ex-candidate.

  6. Will Rhodes Says:

    Americans – vote for Obama! Please!

  7. Christy Says:

    Jonolan,

    You did a great job of explaining that through your posts. I meant, “Why the discrepancy between the operating system of the two parties?”

  8. jesse Says:

    thisisbunk.wordpress.com
    why do you want my email?

    anyway…the delegates that are bound can become unbound as well.
    if there is no clear winner after a few ballots, most every state will have released the delegates commitment to any certain candidate and can vote for whom they wish.

    without 1191 bound delegates in september no man has the nomination.
    as far as Romney’s delegates are concerned I am not sure. McCain does not automatically get them as far as I knew.

  9. jonolan Says:

    Not exactly automatically, but he gets his amount from those delegates as if Romney had not run in the first place.

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