By Alden L. Benton
As Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over ‘till it’s over,” but it is the bottom of the ninth inning with one out left for two of the remaining Republican Party presidential candidates.
There are now only two viable contenders left for the GOP nomination: Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.
Mitt Romney has 560 delegates and needs 584 more to secure the nomination. Behind Mr. Romney is Rick Santorum, who has 246 delegates. In order to win the nomination, former Senator Santorum needs 898 additional delegates.
Then there is the second team: Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul. Former Speaker of the House Gingrich has 141 delegates, 109 of which came from states in the Deep South. Gingrich needs 1,003 additional delegates to become the GOP nominee.
Ron Paul is running a distant third with 66 delegates. Congressman Paul has not won any primaries, but has collected delegates in caucuses and in states where the delegates are divided in proportion to the percentage of votes each candidate received. Mr. Paul needs 1,078 more delegates to become the nominee.
According to Real Clear Politics, there are 1,197 delegates still available through contests in 23 states and the District of Columbia. The first of these contests is Saturday, March 24, in Louisiana where 46 delegates are available.
The odds against either Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul winning more than 1,000 of the remaining 1,197 delegates are slim and none. Slim left town after Gingrich won his home state of Georgia earlier this month, and never did show up for Ron Paul.
I am not a fan of either of the two front runners. However, the goal of the Republican Party must be to emerge victorious in November. To do that, the party must unify behind one candidate, no matter who he may be. That is the only way the president can be defeated — unity.
I admire the fortitude and tenacity of both Speaker Gingrich and Congressman Paul, but it is time to call it a day and head for the showers. It is time to present a unified party with one voice to the American people; one voice with one goal, and one message — Save America by defeating Obama and the statist pogrom against our liberty.
Mr. Speaker and Congressman Paul, show America the grace and courage that is their heritage and put your personal hopes and dreams aside for the good of the country. Your party has spoken, and it is clear that you are not the ones they have chosen. It is time to stand behind the front-runners, and rejoice in the fact that you fought a good fight and that, with your dedication and assistance, the conservative principles that all of the candidates share will emerge victorious.
As for your campaigns, to paraphrase the refrain of long-suffering Dodger fans, from Brooklyn or Los Angeles, “Wait ‘til next year.”
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