Texas victory could push Romney to nomination
ABJ - May 30 - Everything is bigger in Texas and a win in the Lone Star State could hand the Republican Party nomination to Mitt Romney.
Romney, the former Governor of Massachusetts, has accumulated 1,084 delegates thus far in the GOP primary season, with 1,144 needed to secure the Republican nomination. Just 60 delegates shy of capturing the nomination, and with 152 delegates up for grabs in the Texas proportional primary, a victory would likely seal the nomination for Romney.
Congressman Ron Paul, the lone Republican remaining in the race alongside Romney, represents the state of Texas in Congress. The latest Texas poll, which still includes former candidate and former Speaker Newt Gingrich, showed Romney in the lead with 45 per cent, followed by Gingrich with 35 per cent and Paul with 14 per cent. Texas Governor Rick Perry has most recently endorsed Romney for President.
As the potential nominee facing off against U.S. President Barack Obama, the most recent poll suggests Romney holds a seven-point margin on Obama, leading with 50 per cent to Obama’s 43 per cent. Typically a Republican supporting state, Texas voters supported former Republican nominee John McCain, the Senator from Arizona, by an 11-point margin (55 to 44 per cent) to Obama in the 2008 election. Texas is also the home state of former U.S. President George W. Bush.