Facing the prospect of winning only one of the three states (Colorado) voting tonight, the Romney campaign is working to frame tonight’s results as irrelevant.
Romney, Beeson adds, is likely to do well in Arizona and Michigan, which vote on February 28. Their delegates (29 and 30 respectively) will be bound after the primaries are held.
“The rules for the March states offer even less comfort to Governor Romney’s opponents,” Beeson writes. “With so many states and territories voting, organization and resources are key. Ours is the only campaign to be active in all of these states, and we have the resources and organization to maximize delegate totals according to each state’s rules.”
Beeson also took aim at Gingrich’s suggestion this weekend that he could make a comeback by sweeping the Southern state primaries.
“This is a flight of fancy and not grounded in reality,” writes Beeson.
“Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Mississippi offer a mix of proportional allocation, proportional allocation with vote thresholds, and winner-take-all by CD rules,” he adds. “The bottom line is that it will be difficult for Speaker Gingrich to take large delegate prizes from any of these states. More likely, the delegates will be split among multiple candidates.”