Mitt Romney’s expected wins will earn him scores of delegates on his way to becoming the Republican presidential nominee for the upcoming US presidential run.
Washington / NationalTurk – Mitt Romney’s expected wins in five states that hold primary votes on Tuesday will earn him scores of delegates on his way to becoming the Republican presidential nominee and allow him to concentrate on a general election campaign against US President Barack Obama.
The two sides have already engaged in heavy combat and that will only increase in the six months of presidency campaigning that are to follow until Americans vote on Nov. 6 to decide whether to give the incumbent another four years or install a new leader.
Mitt Romney’s lead in the race for 1,144 delegates will get a massive boost with victories anticipated in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island and Romney will officially become the Republican nominee, a designation that is still almost a month away.
Mitt Romney could reach upwards of 800 delegates with the 200 or so at stake on Tuesday. His only remaining rivals in the Republican race are Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, both of whom are very far behind in both polls and the delegate count.
Mitt Romney regards himself already a Republican presidential nominee
Mitt Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, enters the general election campaign bruised from a bitter primary battle with a series of conservative challengers who questioned the sincerity of his conservative beliefs.
‘I need your help on Nov. 6,’ he told supporters in South Park Township outside Pittsburgh on Monday. ‘Come join us in this effort.’ he called all hands for his presidential campaign.
Romney’s immediate tasks are more than a few. He has to consolidate conservatives behind him and start taking steps to attract independent voters, who are likely to decide the US presidential election. He needs to bolster lagging support among women voters, Hispanics and young people as well.
He is also building a much larger staff geared toward the general election after relying on a close coterie of loyal insiders for months.
And he is searching for a vice presidential running mate from among several contenders such as Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who campaigned with him in Pennsylvania on Monday.
In spite of his challenges, Romney begins the campaign in a strong position. National opinion polls show a tight race developing between him and Obama.
Obama, with all the advantages of the incumbency, is well-liked by Americans but there are deep doubts about his handling of the U.S. economy and anger over high gasoline prices which may, however, be trending downward.
He must convince Americans that his prescriptions for the sluggish economy will lead not just to a stock market gains, but to real job growth among the dispirited middle class.
Given the stakes, the campaign will likely be overwhelmingly negative as the two sides battle through TV and radio ads. Both candidates and outside groups that support them are building campaign war chests likely to reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Mitt Romney sets his path up for Us presidential elections vs Obama
Their goal is to portray the other side as being out of touch with the concerns of ordinary Americans and unable to solve intractable problems from debt to deficits to caring for an aging population.
Tuesday could be the end of the line for former House of Representatives Speaker Gingrich, whose campaign is out of steam and deep in debt. He has been hanging on to keep pressing Romney on conservative issues.