out voted by the Committee and pressured to make this statement to give aid to the Romney Campaign?
Reince R. Priebus, the chairman of the committee, said in a statement sent out early Wednesday morning that the party organization and its resources were now at the disposal of Mr. Romney’s campaign.
“Governor Romney’s strong performance and delegate count at this stage of the primary process has made him our party’s presumptive nominee,” Mr. Priebus said. “In order to maximize our efforts I have directed my staff at the R.N.C. to open lines of communication with the Romney campaign.”
The statement ends the committee’s neutral role in the Republican primaries despite the fact that Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, and Representative Ron Paul of Texas, are still, technically, in the race to be the nominee.
But "OFFICIALS"(Plural) at the committee said that it became clear — if not technically official — that Mr. Romney would be the nominee after he swept five large primaries Tuesday night.
Officials(Plural) said the shift, which was planned with top aides in Mr. Romney’s Boston headquarters, will lead to what they called a “full synchronization of both operations,” with the goal of making the most of the resources in both places.
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