, Corbin, KY

April 9, 2012

Republican primary quietly approaches

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — LONDON, Ky. (AP) — Voters in Kentucky have watched from the sidelines as Republican presidential primaries unfolded in other states. When they finally get their say a little more than a month from now, it may not matter.

“These presidential primaries for us are almost like the weather,” said tea party strategist Phil Moffett. “You see it coming. You can prepare for it. But you can’t change it.”

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appears on course to collect the 1,144 delegates he needs to wrap up the Republican nomination, despite the best efforts of top challenger Rick Santorum who is facing growing pressure to drop out of the race.

The candidates still have primaries in Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Indiana, North Carolina, West Virginia, Nebraska and Oregon before Kentucky voters go to the polls on May 22.

Kentucky GOP Chairman Steve Robertson said the outcome of those primaries will determine whether the voices of his state’s 1.1 million Republicans will matter.

“It’s still a question mark,” Robertson said. “It’s kind of a wait and see.”