From John Stark
Despite Rick Santorum’s primary victories, the schedule and the delegate-assignment format of the remaining primaries give Mitt Romney every reason to be optimistic.
So says Aaron Blake writing on the Washington Post politics blog.
Blake notes that less than half the total delegates have been assigned so far, and if Romney runs as well as expected in California and New York, he may be able to reach the 1,144 delegates he needs for the nomination by early June, in the California primary.
In most of the remaining state primaries, delegates will be awarded on a prop0rtional basis, instead of in a winner-take-all format that makes victories more decisive, Blake notes.