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Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum Pose No Threat to Mitt Romney

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The solid win by former Gov. Mitt Romney in Illinois greatly diminishes the possibility that former Sen, Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich can force Romney to a brokered convention. This is creating a sense of inevitability that he will win the nomination. Romney's campaign says it needs just below 50 percent of the remaining delegates to get there.

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The loss of Illinois to Romney by 12 percentage points means Santorum will have his work cut out for him to stop the Romney momentum. That means he needs to capture several high profile states like Louisiana on March 24, Wisconsin on April 3, and Pennsylvania on April 24. Even with potential Santorum victories, Romney can still pick up a sizeable amount of delegates from these contests and northeastern states such as New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware moving him closer to the 1,144 delegates needed to secure the nomination.

Gingrich poses much less of a threat to the Romney campaign. His campaign is now in debt and the strategy seems to be to remain in the South and focus on states like Louisiana. With only 135 delegates, Gingrich is on life support with serious doubts that his decision to remain in the race will have any effect on the Romney nomination.

Ron Bonjean

About Ron Bonjean Former Chief of Staff for the Senate Republican Conference

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