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posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 22
Romney clinches GOP nomination for president
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Romney clinches GOP nomination for president

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On May 29, Mitt Romney won 105 delegates in the Texas primary and clinched the Republican nomination for president.

The former Massachusetts governor now has 1,191 delegates, according to a count by the Associated Press, putting him above the 1,144 needed to win the nomination at the party's national convention in August.

Romney has won about two-thirds of the delegates at stake in primaries and caucuses since January. His closest rival, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, has won 16 percent. Santorum suspended his campaign April 10.

Romney will face Democratic President Barack Obama in the general election.

Obama rebounded in Texas after getting low vote totals in recent Democratic primaries in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Arkansas.

Next Tuesday, presidential primaries will be held in California, New Jersey, New Mexico, Montana, and South Dakota. At stake are a total of 264 Republican delegates.

President Obama recently won praise from the LGBT community when he publicly came out for marriage equality. Romney, however, has a rocky relationship with the community.

Unlike the president, Romney's view on same-sex marriage has not been evolving. On the campaign trail, Romney has consistently said that he does not favor marriage between two people of the same gender. In fact, Romney recently told a crowd of supporters in Oklahoma City, 'My view is that marriage itself is between a man and a woman.'

However, he said he believes that states should be able to make decisions about whether to offer certain legal rights to same-sex couples.

'This is a very tender and sensitive topic, as are many social issues, but I have the same view that I've had since - since running for office,' Romney said.

He first ran for political office in 1994, when he unsuccessfully challenged Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.). He was elected governor of Massachusetts in 2002 and served one term.

Recently, Romney has been bedeviled by reports that he engaged in anti-Gay bullying while attending prep school in 1965. An 18-year-old Mitt reportedly decided that a Gay classmate, John Lauber, should not be walking around campus with bleached-blond hair. He led a group of boys into a room where they tackled Lauber, pinned him down, and as he cried, Romney clipped the boy's hair with a pair of scissors.

Romney also opposed repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' In December 2011, he told the Des Moines Register, 'I was not comfortable making the change during a period of conflict, due to the complicating features of a new program in the middle of two wars going on.'

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