Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Media call him 'presumptive' or 'likely' nominee, but Mitt Romney is the nominee

Mitt Romney speaks in Hillsborough, N.H., Friday. His Republican rivals have stepped aside. 

Associated Press

Mitt Romney speaks in Hillsborough, N.H., Friday. His Republican rivals have stepped aside. 

TAMPA —The prospect of a volatile, contested 2012 convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum would have been thrilling.

For a while it looked plausible that Mitt Romney might fail to win the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the Republican presidential nomination, as Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul kept vowing to stay in the race until the end.

Forget it. The media may still frequently refer to Romney as the "presumptive" or "likely" Republican nominee, but he's the nominee. Gingrich and Santorum have suspended their campaigns, Paul has mostly stopped campaigning, and nobody is speculating about a dramatic floor fight any longer.

The Republican National Committee and the Romney campaign have been working hand in hand for weeks, and even Paul, the libertarian Texas congressman, lately sounds more interested in ensuring that his son, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, remains in the good graces of the GOP establishment than in causing any problems for Romney in Tampa.

So the nominee will be Romney, 65, the former Massachusetts governor, a Mormon father of five sons, the co-founder of Bain Capital, educated at Brigham Young (bachelor's) and Harvard (M.B.A.), married to wife Ann since 1969.

And 100 days from the convention, it's a neck-and-neck race in Florida and nationally between Romney and President Barack Obama.

Media call him 'presumptive' or 'likely' nominee, but Mitt Romney is the nominee 05/18/12 [Last modified: Friday, May 18, 2012 10:49pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Hurricane Maria's winds hit 175 mph as it aims at Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

    Hurricanes

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hurricane Maria barreled toward Puerto Rico on Tuesday night after wreaking widespread devastation on Dominica and leaving the small Caribbean island virtually incommunicado. …

    A boat lays on its side off the shore of Sainte-Anne on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, early Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, after the passing of Hurricane Maria. [Dominique Chomereau-Lamotte | Associated Press]
  2. Hillsborough School Board approves 2017-18 budget

    K12

    TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School Board on Tuesday approved a budget of $2.83 billion for the 2017-18 school year.

    Photo illustration. [iStockphoto.com]
  3. All Eyes photo gallery: 7.1 magnitude quake kills at least 79, collapses buildings in Mexico

    World

    A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 79 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped. The quake came less than two weeks after another quake left 90 dead in the country's south, and it …

    Rescuers work on a collapsed building on Amsterdam Avenue in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck, Sept. 19, 2017. Dozens have been reported killed across the country, including 42 in the state of Morelos, close to the epicenter of the quake, and at least 20 buildings in Mexico City have collapsed. (Adriana Zehbrauskas/The New York Times) XNYT169
  4. Rays video tribute to ex-manager Joe Maddon upon return with Cubs

    Blogs

    Here is the Rays video tribute to former manager Joe Maddon, who returned to the Trop for the first time on Tuesday with his Cubs team:

  5. After Irma disruption, Miami eager to face Toledo

    College

    LAKE BUENA VISTA — Like thousands of other evacuees, Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz headed north to escape Hurricane Irma with his family, two suitcases and the anxiety of not knowing what would happen to everything he left behind.

    Miami coach Mark Richt watches during a victory over B-CU in the Sept. 2 opener. The Hurricanes haven’t played since.