Romney Retires His Presidential Campaign

Mitt Romney Quits 2008 Republican Presidential Race

Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachuetts, has retired from the 2008 Presidential race.

Romney is a Republican and was competing against John McCain, Senator from Arizona, and Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas, for the privilege of representing the Republican Party in the general election for President in November.

Initially it was believed that Mitt Romney was the Republican Party’s best chance of beating either Clinton or Obama on the Democratic side in the general election. he understood the economy, backed the conservative policies of George Bush and appealed to conservative Republicans. That is, until Super Tuesday ended.

In Super Tuesday voting, it was clear that Mike Huckabee had as much of a stronghold on conservative Republicans as did Romney and, in the end, Huckabee won (with McCain’s help beginning in West Virginia). Romney won the states of Alaska, Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, North Daokata and Utah. However, Huckabee took the states known for their conservative appeal and the states many describe as the conservative base of the Repblican Party: the South. Huckabee won the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee and West Virginia. In the end, Romeny emerged with about 50 more delegates than Huckabee but he fell short of convincing conservatives of the same ilk that he should be their choice for President. And that spelled doom for Mitt Romney’s campaign.

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  1. what happens to delegates when their candidate drops out of the presidential race?

    Hi – thanks for your question on delegates. Delegates – both pledged and super
    delegates – are not bound to vote for the candidate that leaves a primary race for President in the United States. However, they usually vote according to the retired
    candidates’ endorsement. For example, today, February 14th, 2008, Mitt Romney officially endorsed John McCain for President. It is expected that
    his 280 delegates will unite behind Romney’s sentiment
    and vote for McCain also. This is typically what happens. However, this year may be different. The reason Huckabee is still in the running is because a good percentage of
    conservative Republicans stand behind him and are unsure of McCain’s conservative leanings. Well, it’s more like they doubt that McCain will aptly represent their
    conservative social agenda. So, don’t be surprised if, at the Republican convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul in September, some of Romney’s delegates swing to Huckabee.
    Last point, the swing in delegate votes from Romney to Huckabee could be a mute point if McCain secures more than the 1,191 delegates needed to nominate the Republican
    candidate for President.

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