Romney says he’s not endorsing any candidate now, but might after March 15 when voters in some candidates’ delegate-rich home states go to the polls.
Steve Helber/AP Donald Trump is now the front-runner for the GOP nomination.
(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio). Supporters cheer Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Early voting on the Suncoast continues until Saturday, March 12.
Cruz got another big win at CPAC’s annual straw poll, winning 40 percent of the votes, followed by Rubio at 30 percent and Trump with just 15 percent.
The major Republican advertiser is Conservative Solutions PAC, an outside group backing Rubio. Rubio has rolled out both at warp speed in recent weeks, but his appeal with Republican voters is not keeping pace.
In the big picture, Rubio is still well behind where FiveThirtyEight projects he’d need to be right now delegatewise to win the nomination. But Hillary Clinton needs them.
Analysts had expected Clinton to do well, as she’s done in other Southern states. Not the United States Constitution.
Bernie Sanders won Saturday in Nebraska and Kansas in the Democratic race, while front-runner Hillary Clinton took Louisiana, another divided verdict from the American people.
GOP donors at a crossroads – but do some paths lead to Clinton? It takes 2,383 delegates to win.
The first question asked of all the gazillion Republican wanna-be nominees at the first debate was-rough paraphrase-will you support the Republican nominee, whoever it may be?
Republican voters were obviously turned off by Rubio’s efforts to match Donald Trump insult for insult.
“No matter who wins this Democratic nomination”, she said, “I have not the slightest doubt that on our worst day we will be infinitely better than the Republicans on their best day”.
“It’s a lot more hype than real tangible votes”, the source said, adding that Rubio is capable of winning Florida without Bush’s help.
Trump said, “I want Ted one-on-one, okay?”
Romney has stepped back into the spotlight at a moment of crisis and chaos for the Republican Party. They said they would vote for Trump if he was the nominee, but it’s a secret ballot and frankly who knows what they would do in the privacy of the booth. Graham and Cruz have had their share of differences as colleagues in the Senate. In a diverse array of states, from ME to Georgia to Nevada, they’ve carried more than 60 percent.
Trump leads the GOP race with 389 delegates of the 1,237 needed to win.
Trump’s lead has sparked a flurry of discussions among Republicans about complicated long-shot options to stop him.
Establishment favourite Rubio, who has won only one state so far, put on a fearless face, saying that the states being contested on Super Saturday favoured other candidates, but predicted that his fortunes would soon change.
“But we turned it down because we wanted to make sure we got to Idaho in time”, he said to another loud burst of applause.
Graham and Romney spoke on NBC’s “Meet The Press”.