Ed Driscoll

Romney Clinches Republican Presidential Nomination

Susan Ferrechio of the Washington Examiner writes that “Romney swept the Texas primary Tuesday night to secure the last of the 1,144 convention delegates needed to guarantee him the nomination:”

Mitt Romney, who just two months ago was battling a series of conservative Republican challengers, on Tuesday grabbed enough votes in Texas to become the first Mormon positioned to win a national party presidential nomination.

Romney swept the Texas primary Tuesday night to secure the last of the 1,144 convention delegates needed to guarantee him the nomination.

The former Massachusetts governor stood alone after months of battling conservative challengers and his own occasional campaign-trail gaffes, which repeatedly knocked him from the front of the pack. In his second run for the White House, Romney relied on a well-financed, well-organized campaign machine, including a super-PAC with deep pockets, to repeatedly rebound until finally seizing the nomination so many sought to deny him.

Romney said he was “humbled” to have reached the delegate threshold.

“I have no illusions about the difficulties of the task before us,” Romney said in a statement. “But whatever challenges lie ahead, we will settle for nothing less than getting America back on the path to full employment and prosperity. On November 6, I am confident that we will unite as a country and begin the hard work of fulfilling the American promise and restoring our country to greatness.”

At the Wall Street Journal, Pete Dupont explores what the alternative next four years would look like.