Romney readies for Arkansas, Kentucky primaries
ABJ - May 22 - A pair of victories in tomorrow’s Arkansas and Kentucky GOP primaries would net soon-to-be Republican candidate Mitt Romney another 75 delegates.
Romney, currently holding 989 delegates, 155 shy of the 1,144 delegates needed to secure the Republican nomination, is the likely candidate as the last name standing alongside Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Paul, who recently suspended ‘active’ campaigning, holds 106 delegates.
Polls indicate that Romney will likely win the Arkansas (33 delegates) and Kentucky (42 delegates) primaries.
Meanwhile, in head to head polls against U.S. President Barack Obama, Romney holds a significant 24-point lead in Arkansas, outweighing Obama in a 57 to 33 vote. Historically a Republican state, Arkansas voted for John McCain (Republican) in 2008, with 59 per cent favoring the Republican nominee to Obama. In 2004, 54 per cent of Arkansas voters favored Republican and former U.S. President George W. Bush.
In Kentucky, Romney holds an eight percentage point lead to Obama (48 per cent to 40 per cent). Another ‘red’ state, in 2008 Kentucky voters favored the Republicans to Obama, 58 per cent to 42 per cent.
In this year’s GOP race, Romney has won 32 states by plurality of delegates and has amassed a 6.34 million popular vote among GOP voters.