Romney nomination pushed by Republican leaders
US: A top congressional Republican has predicted Mitt Romney
will be crowned as the party's presidential nominee, but the
frontrunner's main rival, Rick Santorum, has vowed to fight on.
The White House also signaled that it sees Romney as the likely
Republican challenger to President Barack Obama in November, with Vice
President Joe Biden attacking the former Massachusetts governor in a
Three months into a bitterly fought race for the nomination, Romney
has a strong lead and polls suggest he will win three more primaries on
Tuesday -- in Wisconsin, Maryland and the US capital Washington.
"He's going to be an excellent candidate, and I think the chances are
overwhelming that he will be our nominee," Mitch McConnell, the
Republican leader in the Senate, said Sunday.
"It seems to me we're in the final phases of wrapping up this
nomination." McConnell did not explicitly endorse Romney but suggested
that the party should follow the lead of former president George H.W.
Bush and Congressman Paul Ryan, a leading Republican and representative
for Wisconsin, who did.