COMMENTARY | Reuters reports that Mitt Romney won the Republican primaries in Maryland, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C., on April 3. These three victories ensure that Romney will have the nomination for the Republican Party, even though three other candidates are still in the race at this point in time. As a Republican voter, here is what the latest wins mean for Romney moving forward, and how these wins impact the remaining candidates.
Romney won Wisconsin with 43 percent of the votes, compared to Rick Santorum, who had 38 percent of the votes. Although Romney only won the state by 5 percent, he managed to take 83 delegates, while Santorum was only awarded nine. In Wisconsin, only 40 percent of the Republican voters were Evangelical, so this is one reason why Santorum had a hard time in that state, since he does the best with Evangelical voters. Romney was also able to pick up some more of the tea party support, with Paul Ryan giving his endorsement, it really helped sway the more fiscally conservative voters.
For Santorum, his home state of Pennsylvania is his last shot to take a stand, but it really is already too late for his campaign. I think that at this point, Santorum needs to just get out of the race, because he is only making himself look worse as time moves forward. Santorum has had some verbal gaffes over the last few weeks, he clearly is not going to win the nomination, and his future political career could be on the line. After his disappointing losses to Romney, Santorum made a comment that it was only halftime and that there is a lot of game left, which is completely not accurate. Instead, Santorum should be using the example of his team is down by 14 points, with less than two minutes to go in the fourth quarter, and the other team still has the ball. Santorum had a great run, achieved more than what people thought he could, and now it is time to take the high road and concede for the well-being of the Republican Party.
Newt Gingrich has become even more irrelevant that Santorum has, and Gingrich really needs to just end his campaign immediately. There has been no real reason for Gingrich to keep going, because he has 137 delegates after these three primaries, which is not even anywhere close to the 1,144 delegates needed for the nomination. Ron Paul will probably not drop out of the race, since it has become more of a message than campaign at this point, which I think is great for the younger generations to hear. Gingrich and Santorum need to stand behind Romney, and begin the process of swaying their voters over to Romney, so he can pick up the needed delegates sooner than later.