Super Tuesday is over and so is the race for the Republican nomination. Mitt Romney will be the nominee, even if the race continues into June.
Without a win for Santorum in Ohio, his chances at coming back are slim to none. That means Romney will take the nomination regardless of what happens from here on out.
I will be interested to see how Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul continue to run their races. For the most part Paul has stayed away from bashing Romney’s positions and is in the race for delegates to prove a point (though he did come out against his Romneycare bill on Super Tuesday). What and how Gingrich and Santorum conduct themselves going forward with no path to victory will be interesting to see. Will they continue to bash Romney’s policies or will they start to gracefully exit the race? Will they try to redirect and bring up new policy proposals hoping to get back into the race they will inevitability lose? Will they reluctantly bow out?
All of this will play heavily in the November elections because if Republicans cannot build up their nominee, it will be a very tough sell to independents, Millennials, and everyone else who might instead stick with the known than the unknown that even Republicans seem to not care for. What do you think? Should the rest of the candidates start to bow out now and work to build up Romney who will undoubtedly be the nominee?