By Alden L. Benton
Yogi Berra’s famous phrase is quite appropriate this year as the primaries unfold across the nation.
The talking heads and beltway pundits have been trumpeting the victory of Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential nominee from every hill and media outlet they can access.
The only problem is only five states have had primaries or caucuses to nominate delegates to the Republican Party National Convention. Forty-five states are yet to select delegates.
Additionally, the first five states account for just 154 of the 1,144 delegates required for nomination, merely 13.2 percent. Of those delegates, the “imminent winner” has accumulated a whopping total, including the recent Nevada caucuses, of 97 delegates. That is 8.5 percent of the delegates needed to secure the nomination, far from being the inevitable winner.
Mitt Romney now leads with 97 delegates followed by Newt Gingrich with 30 delegates, Rick Santorum with 16 delegates, Ron Paul with 7 delegates, and Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry each with 2 delegates. (Source: Wall Street Journal)
Tomorrow, Missouri will conduct a primary election and Colorado and Minnesota will hold caucuses. In these three states, 128 delegates are available.
The contest for the Republican presidential nomination is far from over. As my friend Russ says, “Don’t let the media tell you what to think.” Decide for yourself for, as Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” The voice of the remaining 90 percent of the country remains to be heard.
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