Romney expected to win Oregon GOP
ABJ - May 15 - Polls show that Mitt Romney is on the verge of winning his 12th straight state primary, poised for victory in Oregon.
In Oregon, former candidates Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania Senator, and former Speaker Newt Gingrich remain on the ballot alongside Romney and Texas Congressman Ron Paul. The poll shows Romney with a 44-point lead in Oregon, with 58 per cent. Paul is second to Romney, the former Massachusetts Governor, with 14 per cent.
If Romney can win Oregon and capture its 25 state delegates, it will push his national delegate count from 966 to 991 delegates, 153 shy of the delegate totalled needed to secure the Republican nomination. On May 29, another 152 delegates will be up for grabs in Texas’ proportional primary, and another 169 delegates in California’s winner-take-all primary on June 5.
Thus far through the primary season, Romney holds a national popular vote total of more than 6.3 million, equaling 44 per cent of the vote from GOP primaries and caucuses. Romney has won 31 states recorded by delegates with plurality, to Paul’s two victories (Maine and Minnesota).
Although Romney is expected to be the Republican chose in Oregon, in the most recent poll, Oregon voters would favor U.S. President Barack Obama to Romney in a general election, by a four point margin.