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Ann Romney (R) wipes lipstick off Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's cheek as he prepares to speak at a rally in Zanesville, Ohio, March 5, 2012, ahead of voting on Super Tuesday.
Mitt Romney has been the odd-on favorite to win the republican nomination for president since he entered the race last June. He’s got the money, the organization and the experience; this is the second time he’s run for president. However, until now he hasn’t had the Republican Party coalescing around him.
This election cycle has seen a revolving door of non-Romney favorites. There was Bachmann, Cain, Perry, Gingrich and now Santorum. Even non-candidates had their day, like Chris Christie and Sarah Palin. But now the Republican establishment is grumbling that enough is enough; it’s time for the remaining three contenders, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul, to get out of the way and allow Romney a free view of the conventions this summer.
Now the question is, will they or won’t they? Do the candidates have anything to gain by dropping out? If the nomination isn’t sewn up until spring does the party suffer? Or is democracy strengthened if the process continues?
David Spady, California State Director of Americans for Prosperity
Chuck Warren, Partner at Silver Bullet LLC, a public affairs company; Member of the Board of Directors for Pass the BBA, an organization focused on passing a federal Balanced Budget Amendment