Mitt Is It
For a while now it’s seemed like Mitt Romney would become the Republican Party’s challenger against President Obama in this Fall’s presidential election. Yesterday, Mr. Romney made it pretty much official.
There are two main political parties in the U.S. — the Democrats and the Republicans. Heading into a presidential election, the Republicans and the Democrats each choose someone to run for president. The Democrats have Barack Obama, who is currently the president. He is running for re-election.
Mr. Romney, however, has been competing against other Republicans to become its party’s leader. You may remember Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul were also in the race, as were some others.
Elections, called primaries, were held in many states for Republicans. Each state, depending on its size and population, award a certain number of points to each candidate, based on how they did there.
Yesterday, Mr. Romney won the primary in the state of Texas — the state with the most delegates. He won 88 out of a possible 155. His win there pushed Mr. Romney past the the 1,144 he needed to win the nomination. Afterwards, he said, “I am honored that Americans across the country have given their support to my candidacy and I am humbled to have won enough delegates to become the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nominee.” You can click here to see Scholastic News’ Republican Primary map .
His nomination will actually be made official at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida at the end of August.
But now that he’s wrapped up the Republican nomination, Mr. Romney (and the Republican party) can focus on trying to win against President Obama (and the Democrats). The election will be held on November 6th.
Mr. Romney has actually been focused on campaigning against President Obama for a while now. Once many Republican candidates realized they wouldn’t win and that Mr. Romney would most likely win the Republican race, they pulled out. This gave Mr. Romney the chance to shift his attention to the “general election” a bit sooner.
According to recent polls (people who were asked who they would vote for), the race between President Obama and Mr. Romney could turn out to be a very close one. Stay tuned!