Michael Steele: Romney can’t clinch the nomination before the convention

By Muriel Kane
Friday, March 16, 2012 18:35 EDT
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign has taken to proclaiming that the math is on his side, and that even if he loses some primaries by narrow margins his count of delegates will continue growing.

A Romney victory is not a sure thing, however. Even former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele does not believe that Romney will be able to pin down the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the nomination prior to next summer’s Republican convention.

In an interview on MSNBC, Steele explained that “if you take the most generous number of delegates that Romney would have at this point … give him all of the remaining winner-take-all states, he still doesn’t get to 1,144 when the remaining states are proportional.”

“Where Rick Santorum may need to reach 60 or 70 percent, Newt the same, Mitt’s going to have to win 50 to 60 percent of that vote,” Steele continued. “And do you see Mitt taking 50 to 60 percent of those proportional delegates votes? No.”

Via Huffington Post. This video was posted to YouTube by HuffPostPolitics on March 16, 2012.

Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane is an associate editor at Raw Story. She joined Raw Story as a researcher in 2005, with a particular focus on the Jack Abramoff affair and other Bush administration scandals. She worked extensively with former investigative news managing editor Larisa Alexandrovna, with whom she has co-written numerous articles in addition to her own work. Prior to her association with Raw Story, she spent many years as an independent researcher and writer with a particular focus on history, literature, and contemporary social and political attitudes. Follow her on Twitter at @Muriel_Kane
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