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:


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.



Mitt and Ann Romney Attend Seacoast Republican Women’s Fundraiser in NH, Romney Delivers Keynote Speech

Gov Mitt Romney delivers keynote speech at Seacoast Republican Women's Annual Chili Fest in Stratham, NH 9/11/10. Photo courtesy of Sanborn/Citizen

Standing on a small dais adorned with red, white, and blue balloons and autumnal pumpkins and gourds, Governor Mitt Romney delivered the keynote speech at the Seacoast Republican Women’s 11th Annual Chili Fest yesterday. Ann Romney also addressed the enthusiastic crowd gathered at the fundraiser at Scamman Farms in Stratham, New Hampshire.

From SeacoastOnline.com:

September 12, 2010 2:00 AM STRATHAM — Mere days before the state’s primary election a cavalcade of political heavyweights, at both the local and national level, were on hand to rally support among hundreds in attendance at the Seacoast Republican Women’s 11th annual Chili Fest Saturday.

“Just like every one of you is going to do following Tuesday evening,” he said. “We’re going to come together and make sure we’re successful in galvanizing the support that’s needed to elect Republican individuals to carry our message to Concord and to Washington.”

Romney said a unified front for the party moving forward is one key to reversing policies of the current liberal administration.

“They thought they would get the economy stronger by announcing they were going to raise taxes on small business, increase investment by announcing they would raise the tax on dividends, get more businesses to hire people by announcing it was going to be more expensive to hire people because of ‘ObamaCare,'” Romney said. “Frankly, almost everything they have done has had the exact opposite effect that they had hoped. This president keeps on saying he inherited a difficult economy. He sure did, but he’s not made it better, he’s made it worse.”

The current administration, Romney said, has lengthened the recession and made it more difficult for American families. He also addressed the amount of energy and enthusiasm at the national level.

“People recognize our values are under assault and the things we hold most dear and make America, America are being challenged by the left in place after place” he said. “People in the Democratic, Republican and independent party are coming together and saying we want to see change, and so I predict a pretty significant repudiation of liberalism this coming Tuesday and this coming November.”

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Mitt & Ann Romney at Seacoast Republican Women's Annual Chili Fest Fundraiser, Scamman Farms, NH. 9/11/10

Among the Republican candidates for local, state and federal elections, those who spoke were: Gubernatorial candidate John Stephen, U.S. Senate hopefuls Ovide Lamontagne, Kelly Ayotte, and Bill Binnie, and Congressional hopeful Sean Mahoney.

Mitt Romney signs photographs at GOP fundraiser at Scamman Farms, NH 9/11/10.

UPDATE: A couple more photos…

New Hampshire’s state primary election action takes place this coming Tuesday, September 14th. May the best candidates carry the day!

► Jayde Wyatt