Hear the Drum Roll? Romney Expected to Secure GOP Nomination Today

Do you hear the drum roll coming from Texas?

We do!

Today is the happy day Governor Mitt Romney is expected to officially secure the Republican nomination.

Voters in the magnificent Lone Star State go to primary polls today to allocate their 152 delegates. Romney needs just 58 more to reach the magic number of 1,144.

SALON reports:

#Rominee!

The former Massachusetts governor has reached the nomination milestone with a steady message of concern about the U.S. economy, a campaign organization that dwarfed those of his GOP foes and a fundraising operation second only to that of his Democratic opponent in the general election, President Barack Obama.

“That goal is accomplished, but there’s a much bigger goal to be accomplished and that’s winning the presidency,” said Rich Beeson, Romney’s political director. “So while you can take a certain amount of satisfaction and pride for (Romney) and what he’s accomplished, he’s very resolved to say, ‘Our work isn’t done.’”
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Republicans won’t officially nominate Romney until late August at the GOP national convention in Tampa, Fla. He enters the Texas primary with 1,086 convention delegates — 58 shy of the 1,144 needed to win the nomination.

Texas has 152 delegates at stake and they are awarded in proportion to the statewide vote. That means Romney has to get at least 38 percent of the vote there to go over the top. In recent primaries in Kentucky, Arkansas, Nebraska and Oregon, he has done no worse than 67 percent.

Where is The Gov today? He’s in Colorado and Nevada:

Romney opened his day in Colorado’s coal country, where he spoke directly to small town America: “I’m not going to forget Craig, Colorado. I’m not going to forget communities like this across the country that are hurting right now under this president,” he said. Local officials report that the area’s economy is improving, but Romney said the recovery is too slow.

The Colorado event was the first stop in a Tuesday swing that ends at a Las Vegas fundraiser with Donald Trump . . .

★ In honor of today, we’re asking twitter users to promote like crazy a new hashtag today: #Rominee

★ As we await this exciting milestone for Governor Romney, supporters are invited to join us on our chat forum this afternoon and evening as election results come in. Also adding to the spirit of the day, check out the facebook Nomination Primary Watch Party here.

WOO HOO!



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Endorsements for Romney From Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, & Wisconsin

We have four endorsement treats to share today…

Elected officials from Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin are backing Mitt Romney…

Michigan:

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney has announced the support of Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Congressman Rogers will serve as Special Adviser for National Security Policy.

Congressman Rogers’ work as a leader on national security issues has been important to the safety of our country,” said Mitt Romney. “Standing up to terrorists around the world, stopping Iran’s nuclear program, and maintaining our relationships with our allies will require the leadership that Congressman Rogers has displayed. I look forward to working with him both in this campaign and in Washington so that we can bring jobs back to our home state and keep our country secure.”

Mitt Romney has displayed the conservative leadership throughout this campaign and his life that will be needed to fix our economy and maintain America’s standing as the most powerful country in the world,” said Congressman Rogers. “I am confident that Michigan will be on Mitt Romney’s mind every day he is President and he will work hard to get Michigan back on track. Mitt Romney’s plan to restore our country’s fiscal health is important not just for economic growth, but is also vital for our nation’s national security interests. An America that faces economic and budget problems will not be able to project power across the world or contain countries and groups who wish to harm us and our allies.”

Background on Congressman Rogers:

Congressman Rogers Represents Michigan’s 8th Congressional District. Congressman Rogers is the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Rogers has been a leader on issues vital to national security such as fighting the spread of terrorism, containing the Iranian nuclear threat, and protecting Americans from bio-terror attacks. Prior to his election to Congress, Rogers was a member of the Michigan Senate, U.S. Army and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Rogers is co-founder of a small home building company.

Nebraska:

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney has announced the endorsement of Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns.

Senator Johanns has been a tireless servant for Nebraska and our country,” said Mitt Romney. “In my campaign, I am fighting to grow our economy, lower spending, and reform how Washington works. Senator Johanns has been on the frontline of these fights both in Nebraska and in the Senate. With his help, we can put our country on a prosperous path once again.”

Announcing his support, Senator Johanns said, “The only way we are going to reverse the failures of the last three years is if we have a president who understands the economy. Mitt Romney applied the principles he learned in the private sector to the challenges he faced leading the Olympics and as Governor. These same conservative principles can be used to fix our broken government.”

Background on Senator Johanns:

Senator Johanns Was Elected In 2008. In the Senate, he serves on the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Environment and Public Works, Veterans’ Affairs and Indian Affairs Committees. Prior to his election, he was the Secretary of Agriculture under President George W. Bush. From 1999 to 2005, Johanns was the Governor of Nebraska.

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Romney in Iowa: “I Will Be Here Again And Again”

It’s the Hawkeye State for Mitt today!

Today, Governor Romney began his full schedule in Iowa by kicking things off with a town hall meeting at Morningside College in Sioux City. He spoke to approximately 200 people, including the 50 or so lined the walls of the Olsen Student Center after the chairs filled up:

And at a town hall meeting on the campus of Morningside College in Sioux City, the former Massachusetts governor was pressed on his commitment to the leadoff caucus state.

A questioner said he was disappointed with the “vitriol” and “hyperbole” from the other GOP candidates and pointedly asked Romney: “Are you here in Iowa today, and is your campaign here in Iowa today to finally give the people of Iowa an alternative to that?”

“Yes,” Romney responded.

“I want to get the support of Iowans,” he added. “I am in Iowa, this not my first trip to Iowa as you know. And I will be here again and again.”

Romney is at or near the top of polls in Iowa despite only making two trips to the state this year. That’s a departure from his 2008 campaign, when he staked his candidacy on a win here.

“I would love to win in Iowa, any of us would,” Romney said. “So I will campaign here. I intend to campaign in all the early states at least, maybe all the states at some point.”

To view video of Romney’s townhall meeting, click here. or here

Romney is also hosting a lunchtime roundtable meeting at Treynor State Bank in Treynor and later this afternoon, The Gov will hold a meet-and-greet at the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce in Council Bluffs.

Iowa! Good to hear The Gov is there… and then he’s on to the Cornhusker State.

He will attend another fundraiser this evening from 5:00-7:00 at the Embassy Suites Downtown in Omaha, Nebraska. It will be hosted by Governor Dave Heineman, Bruce Lauritzen and Hal Daub. Gov Heineman, recently selected to be Chairman of the National Governors Association, endorsed Romney back in June:

I believe he [Romney] was a good governor, a good Republican governor in a very Democrat state, which is very different than being a Republican governor in a Republican state or a Democrat governor in a Democrat state.”

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► Jayde Wyatt

UPDATE: Once the ethanol subsidy expires in December, Mitt Romney won’t support renewing it.