By math or momentum, endorsements or establishment frustration, it is
easy to finally measure Mitt Romney's advantages over his rivals at this
critical moment in the campaign. While he isn't likely to win anywhere
overwhelmingly on Super Tuesday, he will pile up an insurmountable
delegate lead that will soon make him the nominee-to-be. That is, unless
he loses Ohio and all hell breaks loose.
Many Republicans in what is left of the establishment are growing increasingly worried about the length and effect of the contest and are eager to see it end. They want Romney to start campaigning against Obama and not Santorum, and to get the focus back to the economy. Rush Limbaugh calling a college student a slut and heated debates about contraception are doing little to win over swing voters, and the subsequent damage to the GOP brand is showing up in poll after poll. At some point those Republican voters who can't stand the thought of Obama getting reelected are likely to jump on the Romney bandwagon, if for no other reason than the time has come.
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