With all the networks calling Illinois early for Mitt — and with the margin shaping up to be larger than many expected — it might be time for his rivals to think seriously about why they’re still in the race.
Simply put, this primary hasn’t really been all that close. Look at these numbers from Real Clear Politics:
|Total Votes & Delegates|
Do you see anything close about those numbers? Mitt has almost 50% more votes than his next-closest competitor, and he’s got more delegates than all his competitors combined. Those are not the numbers of a close race. Certainly individual state contests have been very, very close, but even if you switched the outcome of one or two of those states, the numbers below would not be appreciably different.
Barring a devastating and completely unforeseen scandal, there’s really no point to continuing the fight. There’s no plausible scenario where Rick Santorum can get a majority of delegates, and his best possible case (though still highly unlikely) is to limp into a “brokered” convention trailing Mitt in votes and delegates.
We’re beginning to reach the point where men of good will look at the calendar, look at the results, and remember that the ultimate goal is not personal advancement. We’ve got a presidential race to run and a nation’s finances to save. It’s time to unite.