With a win in the Texas primary last night, Mitt Romney quietly secured more than enough delegates to capture the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.
In a statement, Romney, who is currently campaigning in Nevada, said he was “honored” to cross the delegate mark.
Romney’s emergence as the GOP official candidate has not been in doubt since challengers Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum dropped out of the race last month. However, party rules demand that the nominee win at least 1,144 delegates for the official vote at the GOP convention in August.
In 2008, Romney fell short during the primary process, losing the nomination bid to former Senator John McCain, who went on to lose to President Obama in the general election.
This time around, Romney came out on top.
Still, he suffered a bruising primary campaign that saw his rivals launch salvo after salvo of attacks against his record as a former partner at private equity firm Bain Capital – attacks that the Obama campaign has now adopted as part of its own strategy.
After securing endorsements that were lukewarm at best from Gingrich and Santorum, Romney still seemed unable to generate enthusiasm amongst conservative voters. That was until President Obama offered public support for gay marriage, a hot-button topic on the right.
That appears to have galvanized conservative support behind Romney, who still faces an uphill battle to unseat a well-funded sitting president.
Not long after its victory in securing the nomination, the Romney campaign suffered an embarrassing gaffe, issuing a mobile app that spelled America’s name incorrectly. That’s certainly not the way the former Massachusetts governor wanted to kick off the general election race.
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