Romney Clinches GOP Nomination

Texas finally pushes him over the delegate mark
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2012 8:07 PM CDT
Romney Clinches GOP Nomination
Mitt Romney speaks in Craig, Colo., Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

It took a while, but Mitt Romney has arrived at 1,144, the number of delegates necessary to clinch the Republican nomination. The results from the Texas primary tonight pushed him over the milestone, reports AP. With 94% of precincts reporting, Romney grabbed 69% of the vote, well over the 38% he needed to take enough of the state's 155 delegates to lock up the nomination. Ron Paul was second with 12%.

Thank You,” Romney tweeted, according to Politico. “Whatever challenges lie ahead, we will settle for nothing less than getting America back on the path to prosperity.” It's such an anti-climax that Romney isn't even in Texas—he's in Vegas for a fundraiser with Donald Trump, who has been stealing headlines with his birther rants. Click to read one columnist who reminds us that Romney was not seen as a sure thing a year ago. (More Mitt Romney 2012 stories.)

Get breaking news in your inbox.
What you need to know, as soon as we know it.
Sign up
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.