Skip to comments.Texas may be presidential player after all
Posted on 03/16/2012 6:18:54 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
AUSTIN Mitt Romney missed another chance Tuesday to diminish the importance of the May 29 presidential primary in Texas.
Romney could have taken a big step toward the GOP nomination with victories in Mississippi and Alabama, but he finished third in each state behind Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. Those losses renewed questions about Romneys support among the Republican base.
Set aside for a moment the fact Romney has a solid delegate lead, stands to do better in non-Southern states and, thanks to voters in Hawaii and American Samoa, actually captured the most delegates Tuesday. Santorums victories solidified him as Romneys main competitor and signaled that the Republican race isnt near its finish.
Which brings us to Texas. When a lengthy court fight over redistricting pushed our primaries from March 6 to May 29, many of us thought Texas would be too late in the nomination calendar to matter. And with 11 weeks to go before our primaries, Romney has plenty of time to establish his inevitability. But even if he does, there will probably be something to play for in Texas.
Perhaps Gingrich will fade in the coming weeks and leave Santorum as the only credible alternative to Romney, creating a one-on-one race that lasts all the way until the end. Romney has a better organization and more money, but Santorum doesnt seem to need much of either. And given conservatives doubts about Romney, Santorum could thrive in a one-on-one contest.
Rick Santorum will win the Texas primary and dramatically close the public delegate gap with Mitt Romney on May 29th, the Santorum campaign said in a strategy memo that BuzzFeed posted online.
But even if Romney, who The Associated Press reports has 495 delegates, goes on a healthy winning streak in April and early May and Santorum loses momentum, Romney is still unlikely to wrap up the 1,144 delegates needed for the nomination by May 29.
As long as nobody has locked down the nomination, Texas will have considerable value.
It will be difficult for Santorum to get to 1,144 delegates before the August convention. But a strong showing in Texas could help him stop Romney from getting to 1,144, pushing the decision to conservative GOP convention-goers in Tampa, Fla.
Gingrich also seems to think he could succeed by pushing the fight to the convention, so he just may be in the race when Texas comes around, too.
After the primaries are over, Gingrich said in his Tuesday night speech, it will be obvious that the so-called front-runner in fact didnt get there, and from that point on, well be in a whole new conversation.
In other words, this race could go the distance. And with 155 Texas delegates up for grabs on May 29 (to be awarded proportionally) and with 300 more at stake when California and four other states vote June 5, why would the field clear for Romney before then?
So, take heart, Republican primary voters; your candidates are eventually, probably, coming to town. Well, maybe not this Democratic town. But Dallas and Houston are just a few hours away.
RINOmney is a vapid dork.
His weather vane generates maximum torque.
There’s not an idea he won’t hold.
Until he’s changed by the latest poll.
If I want a president without merit
Why not keep the muslim ferret?
If Romney ends up being the nominee, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Texas in play in the general election. If Texas goes blue, the country’s certifiably finished.
If Texas goes blue, the countrys certifiably finished.
???...When pigs fly, Scott.
Texas will come through with flying colors for Rick Santorum, leaving a confused Romney is his wake... “What happened? I practiced and got “y’all” down.”
What I will enjoy on primary night is seeing Rove on Faux trying to explain away his HOME STATE of Texas’s victory for Rick as he frantically scratches out a Mittens Plan B on his stupid white board.
For the first time in a very long time Texas will indeed be a player in this year’s primary and I, along with my entire family will be voting for Newt!
The party establishment and the press can go straight to h*ll!
I’m sick and tired of taking what they have been shoving down our throats and IT AIN’T gonna happen this time!
You express youself so well :)) ....I can just picture Rove’s stupid white board :)
I live in Texas, and trust me....this state is NOT blue!
We like conservatives. My husband and brother are for Rick Santorum and I am for Gingrich. Now I know my sister likes Romney, but she also likes Gingrich. Austin Texas is a liberal town but the rest of Texas is not.
Karl doesn’t like us. He told me that Freepers are a bunch o’whiners and moaners. :-)
So wait...Does that mean he reads us???
Wish I could say that, but Dallas is every bit as liberal as Austin.
Austin Texas is a liberal town but the rest of Texas is not.
Texas as a whole isn’t liberal but with the influx of people coming across the Rio Grande, Red and Sabine rivers in a few years things may change drastically.
Wish I could say that, but Dallas is every bit as liberal as Austin.
Yep a lot of the major population centers have democrats leading the city or county gov’t offices.
Don’t forget Houston. My poor sister, who lives in a nice northside neighborhood, is somehow stuck in the district represented by this:
Gerrymandering at its worst, imo.
I agree it’ll come through for Santorum. I’m talking about the spectre of Romney as the nominee. I lived in TX for four years back in the 1980s and loved it.
Easy. The rocks, soap and hammers are useful.
Wife and I will be voting Newt when Tx finally rolls around. Everybody that I have spoken with in our neighborhood is a Newt supporter, with a lone Obamacrat in the mix.
That’s very clever. :-)
“I live in Texas, and trust me....this state is NOT blue! ... Austin Texas is a liberal town but the rest of Texas is not.”
Maybe not -right now-, but the demographics of Texas are changing, and they are changing RAPIDLY.
The Texas of 2032 is not going to be the Texas you live in today. Even in the next ten years, the “political shift” may become more obvious.
Look at the Hispanic birthrates vis-a-vis non-Hispanic Euro birthrates. Towards which party are these “future Texans” (many of whom are the children of illegals) lean?
Demographics is destiny. Pure math, plain and simple. It is what it is. Like Dr. McCoy once said to Mr. Spock, “it’s a MACHINE, Spock! You can’t argue with a machine!”
Is TX Mormon friendly? There is quite a bit of Mormonism in TX.
Austin, Dallas, and Houston inner-city are all liberal, but they have conservative suburbs in each. El Paso, I don’t think, even has suburbs period, and is Democrat. Fort Worth is now more Republican than Dallas. Even Waco is less Democrat than in the past.
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