In swing Wisconsin, Romney won, but his 42-38% margin over Santorum was again unimpressive. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX-14) placed third with 12%, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s 6%. But, Maryland might have been a bit more surprising. Though it was a clean win for Romney, as all expected, he still couldn’t break the 50% threshold. The latest tally showed Romney at 49% and Santorum posting 29%.
Both Maryland and Wisconsin award delegates on a statewide and congressional district basis. Obviously Romney will win the statewide delegates in both places, but it remains to be seen if he sweeps all eight districts in both places. Once the congressional tallies are known, each state’s delegate allocation will be then formulated.
All in all a good night for Romney, and he likely will attain his cumulative minimum delegate goals for the three states. The question remains, however, are plurality victories at this stage of the campaign enough to ward off the possibility of an open convention? With places like Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, and West Virginia still to vote, it is very likely that the remaining states will not be sweeps for the current front runner. Romney, of course, is expected to do well in New York, New Jersey, California, and Utah, but even winning all of these contests may not give him the 1,144 delegate commitments a candidate needs to clinch the nomination. The uncommitted and unbound delegates may, in the end, be needed to put Mr. Romney over the top.
(from the PRIsm Political Report)