Is that the light at the end of the tunnel? I mean a nominee at the end of the Republican primary race to face President Barack Obama in the November general election? Could be, my friends, could be. Last night former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney picked up a clean sweep of the primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C. While that doesn't mean the race is over, it means we're getting there. Here's what you need to know about what went down last night in the world of presidential politics:
+One Place Romney Didn't Win It
Young people voted for Romney's rivals at a rate slightly more than they voted for him, at least in Maryland. There, Romney took home only 28% of the youth vote to former Pennslyvania Senator Rick Santorum's 37%. In Wisconsin, early exit polls indicated Romney was running behind Texas Congressman Ron Paul for the youth vote, but it turns out Romney eeked out a win in there with 18-29 year-olds with 32% of our votes to 30% for Paul. Exit polls for Washington, D.C. weren't immediately available.
New York Daily News opinion editor Josh Greenman tweeted simply "Momittum" last night after Romney's victories, and he's right. As we've said here before, the name of the game in getting to 1,144 delegates, the folks who will officially nominate the GOP presidential candidate at their convention in August, and Romney is looking set up to get there. According to CNN, Romney has won 640 delegates with Rick Santorum far behind with 240. It's not going to happen this month, or maybe not even next month, but it may not have happened at all if Romney lost crucial primaries in Ohio and last night in Wisconsin. The even tougher task would be for Romney's rivals to catch and pass him in delegates -- which ain't gonna happen.
+Obama Has Eyes for Romney, Sorta
For the first time the President called out Mitt Romney by name in a major address, which means he's gearing up for next November, too. And the New York Times quoted him as having some sarcastic fun at Romney's expense. Talking about the federal budget put forward by Congressman Paul Ryan, Obama said of Romney, "and he even called it ‘marvelous,’ which is a word you don’t often hear when it comes to describing a budget; it’s a word you don’t hear generally." With VP Biden out around the country officially campaigning too, I think it's fair to say: let's get ready to rumble!
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