Ohio Victory Could Seal The Deal For Romney

Mitt Romney could all but guarantee he’ll be the GOP presidential nominee by winning Ohio on Super Tuesday.

A win there will hand Romney a chunk of delegates as well as a shot of momentum, making it hard for his opponents to catch him and bolstering the former Massachusetts governor’s argument that he’s the best choice to beat President Obama in the fall.

“Ohio is a state that [Rick] Santorum cannot afford to lose,” said GOP strategist Alex Castellanos, who worked for Romney in 2008 but is neutral in this race. “If Santorum loses Ohio, it’ll be practically impossible to stop Romney.”

Romney has crept back into a statistical tie with Santorum after trailing him by double digits at the end of February. Five polls out Monday had the race within the margin of error.

“If Romney wins Ohio we’ll start to see the primary wind down, and if he wins Tennessee we’ll see it wind down a heck of a lot quicker,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell. 

Romney is expected to win Vermont, his home state of Massachusetts and Virginia, a large state where Santorum and Gingrich failed to make the ballot. 

But perception matters, and a loss in Ohio will hurt Romney even if he increases his delegate advantage. 

“We’re a long way off from 1,144 delegates, and right now the media narrative is at least as important to the Romney campaign as the delegates are,” said O’Connell.

Read more from Cameron Joseph at The Hill 


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