It is now official: Mitt Romney is the Presidential nominee for the Republican party:
Mitt Romney clinched the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday with a resounding victory in Texas and now faces a five-month sprint to convince voters to trust him over Democratic President Barack Obama in the November 6 election.Oh, and for the record, I called it back in 2009:
Although the race has been essentially over for weeks, Romney finally cleared the benchmark of 1,144 delegates needed to become the Republicans' presidential candidate after a long, bitter primary battle with a host of conservative rivals.
He will be formally nominated at the Republicans' convention in Florida in late August.
In a statement, Romney said he was humbled to win enough of Texas' 155 delegates to secure the nomination.
"Our party has come together with the goal of putting the failures of the last three and a half years behind us. I have no illusions about the difficulties of the task before us. But whatever challenges lie ahead, we will settle for nothing less than getting America back on the path to full employment and prosperity," he said.
Which, as I see it, leaves us three candidates with the strong potential: Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Tim Pawlenty. Governor Pawlenty is still a relative unknown on the national stage and Mike Huckabee -- despite moderate success in the GOP primary last year -- is not a favorite of the base. Hence, my declaration of Romney as the 2012 frontrunner.Chew on that.