There are a lot of things between now and June that can happen to the "inevitable nominee" that can put Romney down, just as fast as Newt was blasted out of contention multiple times. With only 50% of the MEDIA apportioned delegates (not RNC official counts) to date, Romney still has to win delegates for the rest of the race at about the same percentage he has to date. Romney taking his case to Obama, and ignoring the potential impact of the primaries, could backfire on him. He is not "safe, sliding into home plate" yet. His whole campaign can come down like a stick house in a tornado between now and then.
Although the 1920 RNC Rules apparently didn't have the "5 state plurality rule" to get on the ballot, Warren Harding had 6.5% and less of the delegate votes in the first to fifth ballots---and ended up winning on the 10th ballot with 70% of the delegate vote. Newt can easily get on the ballot, even if he only ends up with the two existing primary wins, despite the 5-state rule. Mississippi, for example, as one state where Newt was a near 1st place, can easily change to a Newt plurality on the first ballot, with some horsetrading with only a couple delegates. Newt's campaign has already said they are talking to delegates.
A lot can change in the next 2 months; especially with other southern states, such as NC; and with states like Texas, in May. Although I have read that Newt's strategy is to concentrate on states that have little cost, I do hope that he doesn't ignore some heavy campaigning in Texas and that Rick Perry stays in his corner.
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