As if we didn’t know he had the nomination already. But Mitt Romney’s plea to his delegates to switch their allegiance to John McCain at the Republican convention would nearly earn the Arizona senator the 1,191 delegate votes needed to clinch the GOP nomination.
McCain is almost automatically assured of the nomination, and Romney’s gift would take “almost” out of the equation. According to RealClearPolitics.com, McCain already leads remaining rival Mike Huckabee, 825 to 240. If all of Romney’s 291 delegates switch over to McCain, he will only be about 70 votes shy of the nomination.
It is doubtful that Romney’s delegates will refuse his request. It makes no sense for Republican delegates to prolong a viable challenge from Huckabee, an ordained baptist minister who enjoys little popularity with the GOP establishment — he is too far to the right on moral issues and too far left on fiscal ones. They will likely turn over the votes and get the race over with, letting McCain concentrate his ammunition on the Democrats and begin his fight for the White House in earnest.