Romney's Effect on Virginia's Primary

By: Mary Pulley Email
By: Mary Pulley Email

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has announced he is suspending his campaign. Some in the Valley aren't surprised by the announcement made Thursday.

"I think the end was in sight for him. He didn't do well on Super Tuesday. Given the $40 million of his own money he had spent, I think it was probably just as much of a business decision on his part," says Michael Meredith, Rockingham County Republican Party chairman.

Meredith thinks a three-way split between Valley voters is a possibility.

"I think, here in the Valley, you're going to see a three way split between McCain, Romney, and Huckabee as best as I can sense it. And I think Romney getting out is probably going to benefit Huckabee slightly, more so than McCain," says Meredith.

Though Meredith was not surprised by Romney's decision, Dr. David McQuilkin was.

"I simply did not expect him to drop out of the race at all, first of all," says McQuilkin.

While Romney only suspended his campaign, which does not mean he has officially dropped out of the race, McQuilkin says it would be tough for him to catch up should he rejoin it because of all the primaries he would miss.

"If he's not picking up delegates, and challenging even for the second spot such as Huckabee, then for him to pick it up later on and to effectively challenge McCain, I don't see how he's going to be able to do it," says McQuilkin.

Alan Finks, the Harrisonburg Democratic Party chairman, says now that McCain is a front runner, it could be bad news for Democrats, because there won't be a clear Democratic frontrunner until after a few more primaries.

"McCain can start building up his war chest, and that's the one thing that we can't do, that the Democrats can't do," says Finks.

Speaking of the democrats, both senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will be in Richmond Saturday for the Jefferson-Jackson day dinner.


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