ormer Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appears on course to collect the 1,144 delegates he needs to wrap up the Republican nomination, despite the best efforts of top challenger Rick Santorum who is facing growing pressure to drop out of the race.
The candidates still have primaries in Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Indiana, North Carolina, West Virginia, Nebraska and Oregon before Kentucky voters go to the polls on May 22.
Kentucky GOP Chairman Steve Robertson said the outcome of those primaries will determine whether the voices of his state’s 1.1 million Republicans will matter.
“It’s still a question mark,” Robertson said. “It’s kind of a wait and see.”
The article goes on to explain that it’s not much of a question at all, including a positively defeatist Rand Paul who incuriously declares the race over and Romney the inevitable and glorious victor:
“There’s sort of an inevitability,” Rand Paul said. “It was that way with McCain last time. He didn’t have the exact number before Kentucky, but it was sort of on the way to becoming inevitable. And I think Romney is getting closer to that. Most of the statistics show that if Santorum was to challenge him he’d have to win like 80 percent of the remaining delegates. And that’s just not going to happen.”