The shift is that Romney, President Obama (D), a large number of voters and media are now viewing the presidential contest as incumbent Obama versus Romney. In his comments from Wisconsin, Romney did not mention any other GOP candidate and focused his comments on the economy and on the President. Earlier in the day, the President mentioned Romney by name for the first time this year. While a complete shift will happen just yet, that day is quickly approaching.
If you are sad that the GOP race is no longer as interesting as it was a month ago and need your campaign fix, don’t worry because we have plenty of interesting races on the horizon. We still have at least eleven member versus member contest, high profile primary contests such as the GOP primary for U.S. Senate in Indiana and several interesting races in California, Pennsylvania and Arizona. Also, the Wisconsin recall election of the Governor, Lt. Governor and four state senators are each significant battles.
In Maryland, Romney won the statewide vote with 48% of the vote (Rick Santorum received 30%) and every congressional district. In the District of Columbia, Santorum failed to gain a spot on the ballot and Romney won 70% of the vote. Both contests were expected to be won by Romney. Virtually every demographic voting group was won by Romney.
In the big contest of the night, Romney won Wisconsin over Santorum 42% to 38%. Romney ran strongest in the southwest corner of the state in population bases around Milwaukee, Madison and Kenosha. While Santorum won the majority of counties, the rural parts of Wisconsin do not make up the majority of GOP primary voters.
Estimated GOP delegate count:
- April 24 – NY (95), PA (72), CT (28), RI (19) and DE (17)