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Texas voters clinch GOP nomination for Romney

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The following is from the May 29, 2012, editions of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Kansas City Star. The sidebar story is from the May 30, 2012, edition of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Expertise for these stories was provided by SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson.

Texas voters clinch GOP nomination for Romney

From the May 30, 2012, edition of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram:


By Maria Recio

There was no drama or suspense, but Texas finally played a bit role in the presidential election Tuesday. It gave Mitt Romney enough delegates to secure the Republican nomination.

Romney won 71 percent of the statewide vote in early returns, according to the Texas secretary of state's office. The former Massachusetts governor drew slightly less in Tarrant County, with 69.8 percent.

Texas had 152 delegates at stake Tuesday night, and Romney won his proportional share of them to formally clinch the race. He surpassed the 1,144 delegates needed to claim the nomination at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., in August. . .

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Lake Jackson, who has ceased active campaigning, had a fitful home-state primary. The 10.1 percent of the statewide vote did not measure up to his enthusiastic base. He also had 10.1 percent of the vote in Tarrant County.

Paul, who is retiring from Congress, is looking to have a forum for his libertarian ideas.

"Ron Paul is looking for a role in the convention where he can make his points for the last time," said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University.

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May 30, 2012

By Anna M. Tinsley
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

After months of sitting on the sidelines, Texas finally gets its turn to make its mark on the Republican and Democratic presidential primaries Tuesday -- and could have a greater impact than many thought possible.

Experts predict that Texas voters will award Republican Mitt Romney enough delegates to clinch the presidential nomination Tuesday night. That would make it the second presidential election in a row in which the state has played that role: This is where John McCain clinched it in 2008.

This will also be where Democrats continue or halt the less-than-stellar showings that President Barack Obama has had in the past three primaries, against virtually unknown opposition.

Obama and Romney each have opponents on the Texas ballot, and each faces lingering criticism from factions within his respective party even though the general election race has effectively begun.

"Both candidates have elements within their party that are not pleased with their candidacy," said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. . .

"At the end of the day, the vast majority of Democrats will support Obama and the vast majority of the Republicans will support Romney," Jillson said.

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