The Republican US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is steaming towards his party’s nomination to take on Barack Obama for the White House.
He goes into Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington DC primaries ahead in the polls. Wins there would give him well over half the 1,144 delegates needed to represent his party.
Although conservatives have their reservations, Romney has secured backing from much of the Republican establishment.
Big wins in the three states for the former Massachussetts governor would heap pressure on his nearest rival Rick Santorum to drop out of the contest.
As for Newt Gingrich, the American media have been writing his political obituaries, even though he has made no announcement that he is dropping out.
Romney has made no public mention of Santorum or Gingrich in recent days, possibly sensing that the nomination is within his grasp.