Romney: What’s Ahead in March, Delegate Deal Making, Megyn Kelly Interview (FOX News VIDEO)


Last night was quite a night… Diehard Romney supporters held vigil into the wee hours of the morning (happy to note many were here on our chat forum!).

While Nate is writing a recap on yesterday’s results, delegate count, and the math moving forward, let me just say Governor Romney hauled in the most delegates!

Here’s a look at the remaining March madness schedule:
March 17th – Missouri – 52 delegates – Caucus
March 18th – Puerto Rico – 23 delegates – Primary
March 20th – Illinois – 69 delegates – Primary
March 24th – Louisiana – 46 delegates – Primary

● Because it has the most delegates at stake, Illinois will be getting a lot of attention. We’re already hearing it’s another make-or-break state for Romney. Let’s take a look:

GOP contenders turn to Illinois
By Christian Heinze – March 14, 2012

The Mississippi and Alabama contests — like so many other Tuesday primaries before them — were supposed to decide the fate of the GOP presidential nomination.

Except Rick Santorum’s double wins only tabled the decision for a future date. In this case, that might be March 20, when voters in Illinois will cast ballots.

So what do we know about Illinois? There are 69 delegates at stake — 15 of whom are unbound and 54 of whom are bound.

Polling is scant. Last week, the Chicago Tribune released a survey showing Mitt Romney winning 35 percent of the vote; Santorum was second with 31 percent; and Newt Gingrich took 12. Unfortunately, that’s the only meaningful poll of the state in the past five months.

The Tribune’s survey suggests an enormously fluid race, with 46 percent of likely voters saying they could change their minds before next Tuesday’s contest.

That’s a boon for Romney, who’s already begun advertising in the state and can flood the airwaves in the days leading up to the primary.

Heinze outlines the demographic breakdown we’ve been seeing and mentions a couple of wildcards at play. Here’s one of them:

Illinois’ primary system is open. In other words, any registered voter can show up and vote. In Michigan, prominent Democrats, including the liberal site Daily Kos, encouraged Democrats to vote for Santorum to embarrass Romney and extend the primary season. Romney eventually won, but Democrats did, in fact, make the race more competitive. Santorum won Democrats by 33 percent, and that made up 9 percent of the entire voting electorate.

In Ohio, Santorum once again routed Romney with Democrats, but Democrats only made up 5 percent of the electorate — barely one-half of Michigan’s.
. . .
[A] dilemma for Santorum: In Michigan, he took major heat from Republicans for actively courting Democrats through robocalls. To an extent, you could say it might have worked by helping boost the Democratic share of the vote to nearly 10 percent. But it also provoked considerable backlash among the GOP grass roots. Should Santorum woo working-class Democrats and mischief-minded foes of Romney, and if he does, how should he do it?

Continue reading here.

The Illinois primary is less than a week away. Should Santorum court Dems to derail Romney? No. But, he will.

Read how Illinois Treasurer and Romney state chairman Dan Rutherford gave Santorum an opening in Illinois.

Deals for delegates? A rumored development…

Gingrich plan to block Romney could result in a deal for delegates
By Cameron Joseph – March 14, 2012

Newt Gingrich’s plan to keep Mitt Romney from winning the necessary delegates for the GOP nomination means the presidential contenders might have to form a deal in order to avoid a brokered convention, a leading Gingrich surrogate told The Hill.
. . .
Gingrich has publicly stated that his goal is to keep Romney from winning the 1,144 delegates necessary to clinch the nomination.

His spokesman, R.C. Hammond, told reporters Tuesday night that “our goal first is to keep Romney well below 1,000,” according to reports. He added that if that happens: “This will be the first time in our party in modern politics that we’re going to go to the convention floor.”
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“Santorum and Gingrich now trail Governor Romney by margins they cannot mathematically make up,” Romney political director Rich Beeson wrote in a memo Wednesday morning.

“In order to win, both Santorum and Gingrich need to start netting an impossible number of delegates to overtake Governor Romney,” he added.

But while none of the remaining candidates can over take Romney, they could do enough damage to keep him from winning the necessary delegates.

After listening to Gingrich’s post-election interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier last night, it was as plain as the nose on his face that Newt will not be swayed in his quest to prevent Romney from getting the nomination.

Backroom deals make many Republicans nervous; the article continues:

However, a deal among the candidates would give Gingrich more power. He’s widely disliked by the GOP establishment, many of whom would do anything to keep him from being the nominee. But in a meeting between the four contenders he could be a major power-broker and possibly ally with Santorum to help make one of them the nominee.

Read more here.

This could be Gingrich’s last attempt to be relevant. There is no love lost between Santorum and Gingrich; time will tell if the two of them decide to tie the knot.

By the way, NBC has pulled Ron Paul’s last embedded reporter.

Click below the fold to see VIDEO of Romney’s excellent interview today with Megyn Kelly and my happy dance tribute to ALL who voted for The Gov yesterday.

● Romney appeared on America Live with Megyn Kelly this morning. When asked, he commented on Newt Gingrich ’s tired, old, repugnant drum beat (which Newt pounded again last night) that Romney is a weak front runner. Later today, on FOX News’ The Five, Andrea Tantaros said it was the best interview she’s heard from Mitt… Yes, she did!


If I’m a weak frontrunner, what does that make Newt Gingrich? . . . I’m very pleased with the fact that over the last several contests, I’ve earned a million more votes than has either Senator Santorum or Speaker Gingrich from the Republicans in these contests.” ~ Mitt Romney

● Finally, I’m giving a SHOUT OUT to all who voted for Governor Romney yesterday and to those who helped in any way. Though bleary-eyed and clinging to our computer keyboards, when news came in the wee hours of the morning that our guy was victorious in American Samoa and Hawaii, from the comments erupting on our chat forum, I’m sure many of us engaged in a happy dance… maybe something like this:


Awesome! Thank you Romney voters in Alabama, Mississippi, American Samoa, and Hawaii!


Onward! Go Mitt!



(emphasis added to articles)

► Jayde Wyatt

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9 Responses to Romney: What’s Ahead in March, Delegate Deal Making, Megyn Kelly Interview (FOX News VIDEO)

  1. AfricansforRomney says:

    You can’t play fire at Obama backyard,please. What was the chairman thinking? So far, Santourm votes comes from unions, community organizers, obama supporters…We’ll be really, really mad at him if Gov Romney comes short. He’ll be FIRED :=(

    Great interview except the health care issue. As much as i want free helath care for all, the need for health care reform, it is impossible for me to accept it in Fed or State level. I don’t trust Government! Once you open the door, Gov will find a way sneaking in our life even in a state level. Who’s paying?? WE the tax payers. Uncle Sam already robbing us. I hope Gov Romney will come up with a better explanation, clever response on this issue without jeoprdising his prior position. I know “Romneycare” is Santourm’s number one excuse staying in the race and i suspect that it’ll remain as a bigger issue in the general election.

    Independents for Romney!!!
    Gov Romney=Fight for individual LIBERTY!

  2. Follow our Savior’s example,”He who made no mistakes, let him cast the first stone.” I deleted “sin,” Our prayers are with you.

  3. Annette says:

    First of all..Romney wasn’t saying ” no no” meaning that he thought a national mandate is OK. He never said he is for a national mandate in that clip. His opponents would like to spin that way, but I doubt people are going to fall for it. But his enemies will spin it that way because they want to believe it. Governor Romney worked with a Democratic legislature in MA for a state health plan, because if he didn’t the liberals were going to pass a very high unemployment tax on every employee not covered with health insurance. A first step to taking control of the healthcare industry. The legislation that he supported or vetoed was in the interest of free market solutions. His record shows that. The state mandate worked for MA because of the low amount of uninsured. The only citizens required to buy it were those who could afford it, but refused to(free riders). The taxpayer was paying for their hospital care. Romney shifted these funds to help the poor purchase their health insurance. There has never been enough support to repeal the mandate in MA. Because it has worked!

    Romney is the best candidate to debate Barack Obama when it comes to Healthcare. Romney has an approach that is business friendly with free market solutions and Obama wants take over the Healthcare Industry. Santorum misrepresents Romneycare. He says it is Government run healthcare. He is a very dishonest man. Romney left the insurance companies and businesses alone. Obama is well on his way to taking over healthcare.

  4. Steve Adams says:

    @AfricansforRomney
    Santorum and Gingrich are playing a very dangerous game. They are pandering for the bigotry vote. If they were honorable, they would strongly denounce those who vote for him just to oppose Romney’s religious affiliation. But they won’t. They don’t care. They will take any vote, rightly or wrongly. They’ll will take votes from Unions and Democrats who vote in open primaries just to oppose Romney.

    Americans for ROMNEY!

  5. F. Ybarra says:

    Santorum and Gingrich… boy what a pair… from now on I will call them “Santogrich”. Santogrich is going to crash and burn and it’s its own fault. Let it, I don’t feel pity for it anymore. It doesn’t care about the country, it doesn’t care about anything but stopping Mitt, like some backwoods terminator put together with 2×4′s, overalls and chewing gum.

    In the meantime, pundits keep calling on Romney to “change” something or other. His style, his message. Mitt, don’t listen to them. Stay on message, keep doing what you’re doing because ITS WORKING!!!

    The media and others would like you to change gears mid-election to try to appeal to people who won’t help you defeat Obama. Don’t do it! Stay on course!

    This poll is encouraging. Independents favor Romney BIG over Obama. Why? because most independents are SMART, EDUCATED people. Not the “Santogrich” base, but Mitt’s base.

  6. GFurniss says:

    LOVE the slap dance picture! Very apropo for a Mitt victory night. And it was a VICTORY. I know the media loves to ignore the numbers but the nomination process is all about reaching the magic 1,144. There’s nothing remarkable about a conservative winning a very conservative state that votes conservative in the general. Glad to have those folks on board but the fight however is going to be in the states that Mitt is winning. BRING IT ON!!

    Congratulations to Mitt on a great night! We’re on our way to taking our country back!

  7. Jayde Wyatt says:

    @F. Ybarra – “Santogrich”… I’ll have to remember that. Good one.

    @GFurniss – I love the Samoan slap dance, too! I think Mitt should invite the islanders to be part of his Inaugural Parade.

  8. Governor Romney has gotten really good in interviews. He is much more calm, poised, and confident.

  9. Jane F. Lawler-Savitske says:

    @Annette
    THANK YOU ANNETTE FOR CLARIFYING THE ROMNEYCARE ISSUE! I HAVE MADE SIMILAR POSTINGS, BUT ON THIS SITE IT’S MOSTLY LIKE “PREACHING TO THE CHOIR” OF STRONG ROMNEY SUPPORTERS.
    I DID HAVE TO CHUCKLE AT ONE OF MEGYN’S COMMENTS IN QUESTIONING MITT APPEALING TO THOSE OF US EARNING LESS THAN $100K [I WISH!]. I’M A VERY CONSERVATIVE ROMAN CATHOLIC, PRO-LIFE, TEA PARTY PATRIOT AND HAVE BEEN UNEMPLOYED SINCE OCTOBER 2009, WHEN MY GOV CONTRACTOR POSITION WAS CHANGED BY THE DEMS TO GOV CIVILIAN AT MORE THAN TWICE MY OLD SALARY. I’VE HAD FOUR SURGERIES IN THE PAST 19 MONTHS AND STILL FACE AT LEAST ANOTHER ONE.
    MY HUSBAND OF 40 YEARS WANTS TO RETIRE SOON AND GO OFF INTO RETIREMENT WITH HIS LATEST ‘HONEY’?!? SO MUCH FOR BEING A SUPPORTIVE MILITARY WIFE AND MOTHER ALL THESE YEARS. I WISH THAT I HAD FOUND SOMEONE MORE LIKE MITT, WHEN I WAS SINGLE AND LIVING IN BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI WITH MY PARENTS AND FAMILY BACK IN THE 1970′S.