Opening Act: 50 Delegates

Opening Act: 50 Delegates

Opening Act: 50 Delegates

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Jan. 31 2012 9:28 AM

Opening Act: 50 Delegates

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Let's pause to consider how unfair the primaries are. If Mitt Romney wins Florida today, he will win 50 of the 1,114 delegates he needs to become the Republican nominee. That's it: Fifty. But if he wins, we will be told that the desparate campaigns of Gingrich, Santorum, and Paul are marking time until they accept Romney's dominance. The stakes today are very high, but only because we've agreed that they're high.

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David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post.