Mitt Romney is on track to wrap up the GOP nomination with a win on Tuesday in Florida. He had a strong performance in Thursday’s debate and polls out today show him up anywhere between eight and 11 points over Newt Gingrich.
This turnaround demonstrates that he can get the job down, something that will serve him well going into a General Election against President Obama.
As Gingrich enjoyed his surge and win in South Carolina, political observers speculated that he would eventually implode. What worried most GOP operatives was that the implosion would come after he secured the Republican nomination. As if on cue, he promptly began to sink, and Romney again surged just in time for the Florida primary.
While it has been messy, the process has made Romney a better candidate and better prepared to face the onslaught that awaits him from the Democrats.
After Romney wins Florida, it will be nearly impossible for Santorum or Gingrich to make the case to stay in the race. Ron Paul will stay in, because he continues to raise enough money to plod along, and he may even do pretty well in some of the upcoming caucuses (Maine, Nevada, Colorado and Minnesota) but Romney will more than likely win the Arizona and Michigan primaries, and he will be an unstoppable force going into Super Tuesday.
It’s been a wild ride – and it’s not quite over, but there are likely very few surprises that can happen now.