Yes, Mitt Romney now is the 'presumptive' Republican nominee for President. With Newt Gingrich & Rick Santorum bowing out and Ron Paul too far down with delegates, the coast is clear for Romney to sweep the remaining state primaries.
Tuesday presents three state primaries for Romney. Including: North Carolina, Indiana and West Virginia. Of the three, North Carolina is considered a key battleground state for the general election on November 6.
More of a formality The American Maverick (TAM) Predictor selects Mitt Romney to win all three primaries. This will add 132 delegates to Romney's current delegate count of 865.
Each state has a moderate delegate count to offer. Including: North Carolina with 55, Indiana with 46 and West Virginia with 31 delegates. Even with Romney taking all delegates from Tuesday's primary, he will still be a little short of the attaining the minimal delegate count for the GOP nomination. 1,144 delegates are required to win the Republican Presidential nomination.
After Tuesday's primaries Mitt Romney will only need 147 delegates to win the nomination. Looking at the upcoming primaries, Romney could secure the nomination as early as the May 22 with Kentucky and Arkansas. At the latest, the TAM Predictor is forecasting Mitt Romney will earn the nomination by the May 29 Texas primary.
The TAM Predictor is a election prediction feature for upcoming elections, primaries, caucuses, etc. Real polling data is used to determine an aggregate score to select a candidate's outcome. The TAM (The American Maverick) Predictor only uses polling data produced within 36 hours of the election. Data sources may include: Rasmussen, Real Clear Politics, PPP, Quinnipiac, Gallup, Survey USA, and others. This methodology is key in identifying momentum of a candidate in the final days. The TAM Predictor has a 96% accuracy.