Mitt Romney clinches nomination in Texas primary

 
 Mitt Romney speaks in Craig, Colorado 29 May 2012 The Obama-Romney race is predicted to be close

Mitt Romney has secured his place as the Republican challenger to Barack Obama in November's US presidential election, following a primary in Texas.

Results show he easily cleared the benchmark of 1,144 delegates to secure the nomination.

Mr Romney said he was "humbled". He is the first Mormon from a major party to contest the presidential election.

He is set to be officially anointed as the Republican nominee at the party convention in Florida in late August.

Mr Romney was attending a private fundraiser in Las Vegas with real estate tycoon Donald Trump as results of the Texas primary emerged on Tuesday night.

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A candidate needs 1,144 delegates to win

He will spend the coming days at a series of West Coast events to raise money as the race against Barack Obama is set to intensify.

Mr Romney has been the presumptive nominee for several weeks as his rivals withdrew or suspended campaigning.

With 1,086 delegates secured as he entered the Texas race, Mr Romney only needed 58 to pass the 1,144 mark, and he won 69% of the vote. Texas awards 152 delegates proportionally.

He is set to surpass his father, George Romney, a former Michigan governor who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination in 1968.

Opinion polls suggest Mitt Romney is locked in an extremely close race with Mr Obama in November.

"I am honoured that Americans across the country have given their support to my candidacy and I am humbled to have won enough delegates to become the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee," Mr Romney said in statement.

The Obama White House is ready for Mitt Romney. That he is not seen as a man of the people is one vulnerability Mr Obama's team will exploit. So is the way Mr Romney made his millions.

The Obama team also wants to promote the image of its Republican rival as very right wing. Not simply conservative but old-fashioned. The out-of-touch old guy who would bring back the past.

Romney has, so far, failed to inspire. He doesn't have "it" - he is not a candidate bathed in charisma. Yet every time I watch Mr Romney he seems a little sharper. Perhaps the harsh primary season has honed him, sharpened the steel. But there is work for his team. They have decided what they are against, but not quite what their man is for.

As Mr Romney achieved his delegate majority, the Democratic National Committee released a video titled Mitt Romney: Little to Like.

The video suggests Mr Romney favours the wealthy, and it highlights the former governor's association with Mr Trump, who has been touting a long discredited theory that the president was born in Kenya.

On Monday the Romney campaign released an attack ad criticising Mr Obama over a federal loan to a solar panel maker which later went bankrupt.

On Tuesday Mr Romney spent the day campaigning in Colorado and Nevada. He also met casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson, who gave millions to supporters of Newt Gingrich's campaign during the primary season.

Experts say the outcome of November's election could depend on what happens in a handful of battleground states, including Colorado and Nevada, as the candidates vie for the support of independent voters.

Political pundits are now speculating who Mr Romney will pick as his vice-presidential running mate.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 92.

    Seriously. I honestly cannot believe that the Americans can't see that Ron Paul is the only candidate who can save their country!!

    Max Headroom Romney will carry on the wars and the printing and the debasement of American savings for sure. In fact, he has promised to.

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    Comment number 91.

    Whenever I have seen this guy on the news he comes across as ineffectual, lacking gravitas and a clone of Ronald Regan (I know he was elected a president!) There seems to something odd, not quite right about him, if he has to go off script he his lost. Basically he is a front man an actor who will probably end up like W Bush. Lets hope Obama can get another term for world peace. Romney is scary.

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    Comment number 90.

    Looking at the relationship between the UK & US Romney would be a better candidate than Obama. As far as republican's go Romney is a rather moderate as was McCain. At the GOP the candidates tend to pretend to be more right-wing than they actually are. Romney was the governor of liberasl Minnesota and had flip-flopped on a range of issues.

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    Comment number 89.

    @71.krokodil
    "get back to your world of conspiracy."

    What's so conspiratorial about wanting to audit Fort Knox and not wanting the Fed in charge of the money supply? I would want to know if the global reserve currency can actually back its so-called promises.
    As for the rest of his policies, they were really no different from any other US republican candidate.

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    Comment number 88.

    how can a multimillionaire feel humbled?

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    Comment number 87.

    The big question now is whether Romney moves further to the right to energise the base and get the Tea Party campaigning for him, or moves back into the centre (his real position) to capture more independents.

    I think the most sensible solution would be to become liberal again. Many Obama voters are disillusioned and could potentially be switched if the Republican candidate was moderate enough.

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    Comment number 86.

    So the Republicans have decided that the best way to win the election is to nominate a "moderate" form Massachusetts who doesn't enthuse core supporters but will make up for it by appealing to the centre ground.

    Were they not paying attention during 2004?

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    Comment number 85.

    Comparing Romney's views on homosexuality to those held by Islamic fundamentalist is sensationalist and just wrong.

    Also Romney's religion will not influence his foreign policy views on Iran but rather on the fact that he is a republican.

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    Comment number 84.

    Mitt Romney, the stereotypical greedy/heartless corporate type, filthy rich, unwilling to pay more to the country that has given him so much and really bad at pretending he's one of the masses. Yes just what America needs!. Well at least he was not as bad as some of the other god bothering freaks.. i mean candidates.

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    Comment number 83.

    I see the bbc is not letting us talk about important things in our country again.

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    Comment number 82.

    Capitalism is in extreme crisis; consequently 'nutters' like Romney will be the norm in such circumstances. Politics always follows the economic situation. The capitalist system needs to be able to destroy the opposition to its profit hungry drive, therefore . . .

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    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

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    Comment number 78.

    Go USA, I'm sure you gotta win this. Let's all hope whoever wins and peace!

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    Comment number 77.

    After 4 long years of a grinning empty suit in the whitehouse finally America have a good man in place to throw this underacheiving lunatic Obama out on his backside.

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    Comment number 76.

    The man is a Mormon. He dodged the military draft. He had initially received a student deferment, as a Mormon missionary in France, and then a student deferment. His high number in the 1969 draft lottery ensured he would not be selected.

    Another “chickenhawk” republican who talks tough but has never done it.

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    Comment number 75.

    Romney is rather moderate as far as Republicans go. If he wins, and his chances keep improving, he could get rather lucky with the economy and give a big boost to the GOP's claimed abilities. However, inequality poverty, and healthcare in the US will all continue to get worse. Additionally, the prospect of a big war will increase.

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    Comment number 74.

    You realise this count includes bound delegates, but in fact bound delegates are not obliged to vote for who they are bound to? The GOP rules state this and there are laws preventing anyone from forcing people to vote in a way they personally don't want to. Primaries are nothing more than straw polls.

    Makes a nice clean headline but this is very lazy journalism, as usual from Mardell.

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    Comment number 73.

    I think I would rather be governed by Bashar al-Assad than this one

 

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