Elections 2012: RNC Superdelegates Say Mitt Romney is Presidential Nominee

There’s a growing consensus among Republicans that the race is over and Mitt Romney is going to be the GOP nominee for president.

It's over, and Mitt Romney is going to be the GOP nominee for president. That's the growing consensus among Republican National Committee members who will automatically attend the party's national convention this summer and can support any candidate they choose. Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Republican National Committee superdelegates are special party delegates who can vote for whomever they please at the national convention, regardless of primary or caucus results, but there are only 120 of them.

RNC members who can support any candidate they choose are increasingly inclined to say that Romney can’t lose.

Despite there are still 18 primaries left to go and roughly 1,000 delegates who have yet to vote, many Republican superdelegates find the math stacked up against Romney’s remaining opponents, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, who trail the former Massachusetts governor by a significant margin, tells International Business Times.

Even some members who support other candidates begrudgingly say the math doesn’t add up for anyone but the former Massachusetts governor.

“I would be surprised if Romney doesn’t get the number he needs,” said Jeff Johnson of Minnesota, who supports former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

RNC member Bob Bennett, of Ohio, who has not endorsed any candidate yet, even though he supported Romney in 2008, believes the Republican race is no contest.

“Look, Gov. Romney’s going to be the nominee, and he’s going to have enough votes,” Bennett said.

According to the recent estimates by The Associated Press conducted Mitt Romney has already secured 35 endorsements, while Rick Santorum has only four, Newt Gingrich has two and Ron Paul has one.

According to The Columbus Dispatch, Romney picked up 11 new endorsements since the last AP survey a month ago, after the Super Tuesday contests.

Romney has methodically added endorsements from every region of the country during the campaign. In the U.S. territories, where voters help decide the nominee but can’t vote in the general election, Romney has dominated.

He has endorsements from all three RNC members in Guam, the Virgin Islands American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands. He was endorsed by two of the three members in Puerto Rico.

However, Romney’s chief rivl Rick Santorum is anticipating a strong showing in the April 24 primary in his home state of Pennsylvania, where he served as Senator for 12 years, as well as in the upcoming remaining Southern state primaries, where he is expected to appeal to social conservatives.

“He should go into those states as the front-runner,” said Texas GOP chairman Steve Munisteri. “If he can win Pennsylvania, he’d then be able to put a streak of five or six wins together based on all the Southern states holding primaries.”

Mitt Romney is struggling among voters in the South, but he was endorsed by two of the three committee members in Mississippi, Henry Barbour and Jeanne Luckey. Romney even has support from Robert Asher of Pennsylvania.

Rick Santorum’s endorsements are from RNC members in Iowa and Alabama. In Pennsylvania, state GOP chairman Robert Gleason is publicly neutral.

“I talked to Rick the other day,” Gleason said. “He didn’t even ask me to support him.”

Seventy-two Republican National Committee delegates said they were either undecided or not ready to make a public endorsement. Many said they are eager for the nomination fight to end so the party can focus on defeating President Barack Obama in November.

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