Mitt Romney swept five northeastern primaries last night all but cementing his lock on the Republican Primary. After last night’s win the pressure is on Newt Gingrich to drop out of the race and allow Romney to directly challenge President Obama.
For more than a week now Romney has all but abandoned campaigning for the nomination and has been pressing his case for why President Obama should not get another term.
Romney crushed all challengers in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
Romney said from Manchester, New Hampshire,
“Everywhere I go, Americans are tired of being tired, and many of those who are fortunate enough to have a job are working harder for less. To all of you, I have a simple message: Hold on a little longer. A better America begins tonight.”
Newt Gingrich is the only challenger left in the primary although he trails Romney significantly by every conceivable barometer. Staffers told the press that the campaign would be “reassessing” over the next few days but Newt himself said that it was pretty obvious after last night’s defeats what the voters want.
Gingrich told a crowd in Concord, North Carolina,
“I think every conservative in this country has to be committed to defeating Barack Obama, and let’s be very clear about this,”
Gingrich’s campaign is carrying more than $4.3 million dollars in debt. He has only won two primaries in Georgia and South Carolina and he badly trails Romney in delegates to the Republican National Convention.
Romney took his message to Obama for the general election saying,
“There was a time not so long ago when each of us could walk a little taller and stand a little straighter because we had a gift that no one else in the world shared. We were Americans. That meant something different to each of us but it meant something special to all of us. … Those days are coming back. That’s our destiny.”