Romney wins Texas primary, Republican nomination
ABJ - May 30 - A win in the Lone Star State provided former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney with enough delegates to secure the Republican Party’s nomination. As the nominee, Romney has earned the opportunity run for President of the United States, facing off against incumbent Barack Obama.
In the Texas primary, where 155 delegates were awarded, Romney scored 68.9 per cent of the vote (a 987,952 popular vote), securing the victory, 105 more delegates, and the nomination. With the win, Romney stands at 1,191 delegates, 47 above the nomination cutoff.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul, the last standing Republican alongside Romney, finished with 12 per cent of the vote in Texas. Seven state primaries and caucuses (California, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, and Utah), as well the Republican National Convention, to be held in late August in Tampa, Fla., have not yet taken place but are essentially moot now that Romney has secured a delegate majority.
“I am humbled to have won enough delegates to become the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee,” said Romney, who spent the day campaigning in Las Vegas alongside Republican supporters Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich.
Full attention will now turn to Romney squaring off against Obama. The first televised Presidential Debate is scheduled for October 3, with the Vice-Presidential Debate slated for the following week, October 11, when the Republican running mate will debate U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden. Speculated Republican Vice-Presidential candidates include New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio, among others.