According to the CNN exit poll, Romney already has the good news of carrying Catholics in Ohio (as he did in Michigan).
But one overlooked advantage he has is that his path to the 1144 majority of delegates is actually a bit shorter. The reasons are that with Gingrich and Santorum not on the Virginia ballot, Romney will get 60% of the vote and meet the “winner-take-all” threshold in the OLD Dominion. Also, Romney will take Utah’s winner-take-all primary in June (unless he renounces his Mormon faith!).
So, that’s 1144 minus the 49 in VA and 40 in Utah. After tonight, Romney could be 1/3 of the way toward a Convention majority.