By Javier ManjarresWhile Governor Mitt Romney garnered the most delegates coming out of Super Tuesday, the possibility of a brokered Republican convention is beginning to take a life of its own as Romney’s victories and defeats on Tuesday continue to send the signal that the former Governor of Massachusetts is still considered by many Republicans to be their “default” candidate.
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Romney will need to amass 729 more delegates from the remaining 1145 still up for grabs- about 50% of the remaining delegates. Rick Santorum needs to grab 968 of the remaining delegates, while Gingrich needs 1037 more.
With Senator Rick Santorum’s strong finish after Super Tuesday’s primary races, and the very real possibility that he may win several more of the upcoming primary races, speculation is mounting as to whether or not it will be possible for any of the candidates in the race to reach the 1144 delegate votes needed to win the Republican Presidential nomination. Let’s not forget that while Newt remains very popular, he is now considered the spoiler in the race and could take votes away from both Santorum and Romney.
Factor in another possibility that is making many in the Conservative movement take pause before voting- the Sarah Palin factor.
Sarah Palin had this to say to CNN on Tuesday:
“Anything is possible. I don’t close any doors that perhaps would be open out there, so, no, I wouldn’t close that door,” Palin said after casting her vote in Alaska’s Republican caucuses. “My plan is to be at that convention.”-Governor Sarah Palin
As Palin has made glowing remarks about Newt Gingrich and stated that she voted for him in Alaska, some political conspiracy theorists believe these were part of a strategy on her part to help Gingrich win more delegates, which would move along the possibility of a brokered convention. Were this to be the case, it would be a play right out of Rush Limbaugh’s “Operation Chaos” playbook.
As you no doubt remember, Rush sent out marching orders in 2008 that encouraged Republicans to go out and vote for Hillary Clinton in the open Democratic primary elections simply to prolong the primary process that would allow the Democrat candidates at the time- Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton to bloody themselves up before they had to face off with Senator John McCain and the Republican Party.
Should Governor Sarah Palin seriously entertain running for President if there is a brokered Republican convention?
Take the POLL!