The former Massachusetts governor now has 56 percent of the delegates it takes to secure the Republican nomination, according to CNN. About 35 minutes after the polls closed, Romney closed out his sweep of Tuesday’s primaries, including nailing down Wisconsin early enough to make the 11-o’-clock news.
If former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum had a chance to stop Romney and force a brokered convention, the Wisconsin primary was his last chance. With its similarity to Pennsylvania in demographics, the home of the Badgers would be Santorum’s last legitimate effort to remain relevant.
After all, as Jon Stewart pointed out on Monday’s “The Daily Show,” most influential Republicans are backing Romney now for no other reason than to end the circular firing squad and turn the guns outward toward the Democrats.
With the Tea Party doing its level best to copy the Democrats’ “herding cats” primary strategy, Santorum will have enough encouragement to carry on. For most of the Republican Party, however, the Republicans have its pennant-winner — facing off against the defending World Series champ.
With morale low through this process, could it change after the convention? Maybe. A lot of people were not OK with Al Gore, and he still received more popular votes than George W. Bush in 2000. Romney’s got the pennant. Of course, the Atlanta Braves won a few of those, too, with limited success. The question remains — can he win it all?
by J.L. Mann Cromer, Jr., who served as the only true independent member of the South Carolina General Assembly from 1990-1998. Currently, he is a general practice attorney in Columbia, S.C., concentrating in probate and estate planning, criminal defense and personal injury law.