Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has started to use an argument commonly employed by front-runners—that he has collected more popular votes than his rivals.
It turns out that Romney leads not only in delegates but also in the popular vote—by the vast margin of a million ballots—so he is emphasizing both. It makes sense.
This is the same argument that Hillary Clinton used against Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic race. For many weeks, Obama had more delegates than she did. So Clinton emphasized her showing in the popular vote as a way to argue that she was really stronger with rank-and-file party members.
But, as is true today with the Republicans, the delegate count was the decisive factor and Obama won the nomination.
Addressing charges that he is the candidate of the rich, Romney told Fox News, "You can't win a million more votes than anyone else in this race just by appealing to high-income Americans."