By Daniel Strauss - 03/07/12 12:35 PM EST
Cantor predicted that Republican voters and independents would rally behind Romney after the primary fight and that the former Massachusetts governor would prove a strong challenger to Obama in the general election.
“The American people are going to elect an individual like Mitt Romney who stands starkly against the kind of policies that this president has put in place that frankly have not helped this economy come back the way the American people would like to see it," Cantor said.
Cantor's comments came after GOP voters delivered a split decision in the Super Tuesday nominating contests. Romney won in six states, Alaska, Idaho, Massachusetts, Virginia, Vermont and Ohio. But in Ohio, he barely eked out a victory over Rick Santorum, by 1 percentage point, a margin that could further prolong the GOP contest.
Santorum and the rest of the field showed little sign of dropping out of the race because of the results of Super Tuesday. Newt Gingrich tallied a victory Tuesday in his home state of Georgia, which he represented in Congress for two decades, and has said he intends to campaign to the convention.
Cantor, though, said that Santorum and Gingrich had “not demonstrated the ability to do what needs to be done” to win the race.