Elections

Stephanopoulos: Romney’s Michigan win ‘killed’ the need for a GOP ‘white knight’

Jeff Poor Media Reporter

With the possibility of a weak showing by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in his home state of Michigan, there had been rumblings that the Republican Party might need to be rescued in the contest for its party’s nomination by a new candidate, one who is not yet in the race.

But during ABC News’ special coverage of the results of the Arizona and Michigan primaries Tuesday night, “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos told anchor Diane Sawyer that Romney’s strong showing should put that talk to rest. (RELATED: Full coverage of the 2012 campaign)

“Diane, that ‘whoosh’ you hear is Mitt Romney and his campaign exhaling,” Stephanopoulos said.

“This is a huge night for this campaign. He has now won the most contests. He has won the most delegates. He has the biggest of the organization, the most money. What this has done tonight I think is killed any talk in Republican circles about finding another white knight to come into the campaign and put Mitt Romney back into a commanding position to get this nomination.”

Romney is expected to have a 119-delegate lead over his closest competitor, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, when all is said and done on Tuesday night.

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