Brokered Convention Improbable, Even If Superdelegates Get Floor

As we pass the midpoint point of the 2012 Republican presidential primary, Mitt Romney has accrued nearly half the delegates needed to secure his party's nomination.

But can Romney gain enough to clinch the nomination before the convention if both Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich remain in the race? As an unaligned Republican, I believe he can.

And even if Romney doesn't reach 1,144 by Tampa, there remains the matter of those 123 Republican National Committee superdelegates. If Romney signals he will give them a seat at the head table, a majority will push him over the top even if they have to twist the arms of other uncommitted delegates.

Read more from Ford O'Connell at U.S. News & World Report

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published this page in In The News 2012-03-21 15:00:00 -0400
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