Now What? Has Mitt Romney Won the Nomination?

Many political analysts have agreed that Mitt Romney is the most likely candidate to receive the Republican nomination. With an initial win in the Iowa caucuses and a strong lead in the New Hampshire primaries, Mitt Romney has defined himself as the prominent figure for this upcoming election. He has marveled voters by “marking the first time since 1976 that a Republican candidate has won the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary back to back,” says ABC. Can these victories be attributed to his moderate stances on economic and social issues or is it simply that his other opponents do not nearly have enough experience?

Time after time, Mitt Romney has tried to convince republican voters that he is just like them. In debates, interviews, and speeches, Romney reminds conservative voters of his opinion on social issues like on gay marriage, abortion, and healthcare.  Yet, his biggest opponent is trying to do everything to reverse this. In attempt to weaken Romney, Newt Gingrich has been pushing to paint this former Massachusetts governor as ‘timid’ and unable to become an effective President. He has been also trying to question Romney’s leadership in his company, Bain Capitol, arguing that he is a job-killer and that his way of doing business proves that he is a ‘vulture capitalist’.  Looking at the history between Romney and Newt explains in part to why Gingrich is attacking this leading candidate. Mitt Romney ran many attack ads against Newt Gingrich almost costing him a chance to compete in the Iowa caucus. Now, since the Iowa primaries, Gingrich has been running many ads accusing Romney and trying to instill doubt among the voters. Bain Capitol is the most recent attack on Romney. Although, after many explanations and research, many people have taken sides with Mitt Romney.

In an article by the New York Times, Jeff Zeleny claims that the Bain issue can pose as an upside for Mitt Romney. Looking how the GOP has recently backed up Romney, Zeleny highlights that many voters have expressed no concern over the back-and-forth attacks questioning his “rewarding days as a corporate executive”. Instead, they were drawn to Mr. Romney after witnessing the attacks brought on by his opponents. Even some of his other opponents agree that the focus on Bain Capitol is nonsense and is taking away from addressing more pertinent and important issues. Rick Santorum says in an interview that “I don’t know why they continue to pound on it”, it takes away from finding a candidate that can “draw a clear contrast on the big issues of the day.” So, now that voters and everyone, except Gingrich, agree that this issue should no longer be visited, what is next?
As the South Caroline primary quickly comes around, candidates are focused on breaking  all current trends and gain popularity that will help them stay in this fast-pace, grueling election. With many past candidates withdrawing from the race at these early primaries, there are still  six remaining republican candidates eyeing the seat to become the next President of the United States. Yet, many believe that this is their last chance to redeem themselves. Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post published an articles titled “South Caroline Primary is Romney rivals’ last hope”. He says that if Romney can survive the two upcoming debates and ultimately a win in the South Carolina primaries, the “nomination fight will be effectively over just 18 days after it began”. But, if Romney does not manage to uphold his momentum through these two debates, this is the best chance for his opponents to catch up and have a chance at winning the nomination. The other potential candidates that are most likely to pose a challenge for Romney are Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum. Although, Huntsman may surprise us since he came in third in the New Hampshire primary.

In conclusion, even though Mitt Romney has won in both the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary, it would be foolish to say that he has unofficially won the Republican nomination. But, if he is successful in the South Carolina, there is a strong chance that Mitt Romney will represent the Republican party and compete against Obama to become the President of the United States.

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  • hartwe60  On January 16, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I don’t think we will see the end of the Bain. If Gingerich does pull back Obama will most likely start up or hold the Bain issue till it is fresh in peoples minds when they go to vote.

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