With Texas win, Romney reaches speculated 1,144 delegate goal
By winning the Texas Republican Primary, Mitt Romney will likely have the delegates needed at this point to seal up the nomination. The delegate count showing Romney surpassing the 1,144 mark is still speculative since nearly half of the delegates haven’t been bound via state GOP conventions yet. However, it is safe to say he will obtain that number and ultimately become the GOP nominee.
Report from the Miami Herald:
There was no drama or suspense, but Texas finally played a bit role in the presidential election Tuesday. It gave Mitt Romney enough delegates to secure the Republican nomination.
Romney won 71 percent of the statewide vote in early returns, according to the Texas secretary of state’s office. The former Massachusetts governor drew slightly less in Tarrant County, with 69.8 percent.
Texas had 152 delegates at stake Tuesday night, and Romney won his proportional share of them to formally clinch the race. He surpassed the 1,144 delegates needed to claim the nomination at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., in August.
“I am honored 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,” Romney said in a statement. “Our party has come together with the goal of putting the failures of the last 31/2 years behind us.”
Romney did not come to Texas for the primary. He campaigned in Colorado and attended a fundraiser in Las Vegas with Donald Trump.
The Republican National Committee effectively confirmed Romney’s standing.
“I congratulate Gov. Romney on winning the Texas primary and securing the delegates needed to be our party’s official nominee at our convention in Tampa,” Chairman Reince Priebus said.
Ron Paul continues to amass delegates as well and his numbers will grow as more state parties convene to officially elect delegates to the Republican convention in August.