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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mitt Romney's Path to Victory

(Editor's note: This post is the last in a six-part series between now and Saturday's South Carolina Primary. Each part will examine how each candidate might pull off a nomination.
For Rick Perry's, which can be found at my Construction Lit Mag column, click here.
For Jon Huntsman's (awkward), click here.
For Rick Santorum's, click here.
For Ron Paul's zombie apocalypse, click here.)
For Newt Gingrich's, click here.)

On August 27, you something something.

After all the build up to the Republican Primary, after all the lead changes and debates, after all the anti-Romney candidates rose and fell, not only did Mitt Romney win the Republican nomination, but he won it by winning 50 states.

Despite a late surge from Newt Gingrich in South Carolina, Romney held onto his lead there. After three primaries, he was 3-0. Each of the other candidates--the "Non"mey candidate still not yet identified--stayed in the race to try and win the "winner-take-all" Florida Primary. Such a win would make them the clear conservative alternative to Romney and perhaps build momentum for the month of February.

But it didn't work. Romney already had leads in the Florida polls before his win in South Carolina. His win there simply bolstered his Florida and national leads. His win in Florida decimated any chance for any other candidate. Ron Paul stayed in until he was mathematically eliminated, then threw his support behind the presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney.

After all that. No drama.

And that's how Mitt Romney became the Republican nominee for President.

(Editor's note: This was the last in a six-part series on each candidate before the South Carolina Primary. See previous posts for the first five.)

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