On paper, April’s primary schedule looks tailor-made for Republican Presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney and he could head into May’s less-friendly string of Southern contests with a virtual lock on the nomination.
The odds don’t favor former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.
“Santorum is screwed,” an aide told Capitol Hill Blue Thursday. “Without a Romney meltdown we don’t see a winning scenario.”
With former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich out of money and scaling back his campaign and Texas Congressman Ron Paul disappearing into the haze of the fringe, Romney appears back on track to be the “inevitable nominee.”
Romney continues to pick up key endorsements not only from the GOP establishment but also from tea party favorites, including Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, another tea party poster child, is expected to throw his support behind Romney as well.
Former President George H.W. Bush not only gave his support to Romney but told the other contenders that they need to “know when to fold ‘em.”
Romney’s contenders, however, give no indication of going anywhere. Santorum is hoping to survive April so he can count on May’s Southern primaries, Gingrich’s ego won’t let him quit and Paul will hang on because he can pull in more donations that he can later convert to personal use.
- Increasingly confident Romney enters mop-up phase (capitolhillblue.com)
- Marco Rubio Endorses Mitt Romney, Says GOP Primary Should End (tampa.cbslocal.com)
- First Thoughts: Santorum’s last chance (really, this is it) (firstread.msnbc.msn.com)
- Senior Bush Official Support Romney (socyberty.com)