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Romney Sweeps Five States, Gingrich Suspends Campaign

by | Apr 26, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-Life Mitt Romney

It was an amazing 24 hours for pro-life Mitt Romney. On Tuesday he ran the table in five states– Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island—gave a well-received prime-time speech from Manchester, New Hampshire, and left having all but wrapped up the nomination. In sweeping all five primaries, he acquired nearly 150 more delegates as he edges closer and closer to the 1,144 he needs.

Then on Wednesday, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, who finished close only in Delaware–suspended his campaign. Even more so, Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, is for all intents and purposes the Republican presidential nominee. His remarks last night were really quite stirring. Here are a few:

Obama is all hope and no change, and what change there has been is in the wrong direction. Romney said, “Tonight is the start of a new campaign to unite every American who knows in their heart that we can do better! The last few years have been the best that Barack Obama can do, but it’s not the best America can do!”

Harkening to a theme that doubtless will be prominent (style versus substance), Mr. Romney said, “Four years ago Barack Obama dazzled us in front of Greek columns with sweeping promises of hope and change. What do we have to show for three and a half years of President Obama?”

After offering what he sees as a litany of failure, Romney picked up on a second theme: Obama will talk about anything but his record. He predicted that  “because he has failed, he will run a campaign of diversions, distractions, and distortions. That kind of campaign may have worked at another place and in a different time. But not here and not now. It’s still about the economy, and we’re not stupid.”

Then there was an allusion to ObamaCare, particularly the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), an essential component, which became law two years ago. Romney said, “This president is putting us on a path where our lives will be ruled by bureaucrats and boards, commissions and czars. He’s asking us to accept that Washington knows best — and can provide all.”

However, there is other news besides the results of primaries. Pro-lifers take a back seat to no one in their capacity to educate their compatriots. After the National Right to Life Political Action Committee endorsed Romney for president, NRLC affiliates in Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin followed suit.

Overall poll numbers come and go. For some reason, Obama’s Gallup numbers are up the past few days even as he continues to trail in the Rasmussen daily surveys. It’s the basics that we must keep our eyes on.

We’ve already written many times about how young people are much less enthusiastic about Obama than they were in 2008 and how religious denominations, most noticeably the Catholic Church, refuse to stand idly by while the Obama Administration tramples on their First Amendment freedoms.

Gallup offered a very, very important poll today. Earlier this month, Gallup suggested the very religious would be lukewarm to Romney. Gallup now finds Romney ahead by 17 points among this category. Obama leads 61% to 30%, among those who are nonreligious. The “very religious” made up 41% of the registered voters surveyed,  the “moderately religious” constituted 27%, while 32% of those interviewed were “nonreligious.”

According to Gallup’s Frank Newport, the “implications” include

“It appears that in this year’s general election, religion will continue to be a major determinant of how Americans vote for president. Highly religious Americans, particularly those who are white and Protestant, disproportionately support presumptive Republican presidential candidate Romney, while less religious Americans skew their support toward Democratic incumbent Obama. This reinforces a basic pattern in American voting behavior that has been evident for decades.

“The fact that Mitt Romney continues to receive the support of highly religious white Protestants is important, given that the Republican portion of this group disproportionately supported Romney’s opponent Santorum in the Republican primaries. Just as it appears that Republicans as a whole are coalescing around Romney even after the bitter primary battles, highly religious white Protestants appear to be coalescing around his candidacy as well.”

One other factor, this from the highly respected political observer, Charlie Cook, earlier this week:

An Obama victory is contingent upon another extraordinary level of turnout among minority and younger voters. He also needs to win close to a majority of independent voters. Independents, however, still look at the president with grave skepticism and have bad memories from his first two years in office. So far, little evidence indicates a reprise of 2008’s enthusiasm among minority and younger voters. (The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll indicated a distinct lack of enthusiasm among younger voters.)

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