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Romney set to clinch GOP nomination

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Romney set to clinch GOP nomination

152 delegates up for grabs in Texas on Tuesday, candidate needs 58

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    Gage Skidmore/FlickrMitt Romney

Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney is poised to clinch the Republican presidential nomination with a win in Tuesday's largely uncontested Texas primary.

While the former Massachusetts governor's nomination has been virtually assured for a month, he would officially secure the 1,144 delegates required to clinch the Republican presidential nomination at the party’s August convention if he wins the 152 delegates up for grabs in Texas, the Washington Post reported.

Romney is currently 58 delegates shy of becoming the nominee, according to The Associated Press.

"It'll be a big day tomorrow," Romney told reporters aboard his campaign plane Monday evening. "I'm looking forward to the good news."

Polling suggests that an election between Romney and President Barack Obama will be very close, ultimately decided by several swing states — Colorado and Nevada among them. Romney planned to begin campaigning Tuesday in northern Colorado before flying to Las Vegas for an afternoon rally before an evening fundraiser with Donald Trump, the AP reported.

The event comes amid Trump's continued skepticism about Obama’s birth certificate.

A top Romney adviser recently said that the presumptive GOP nominee believes the president was born in the United States, and that his birth certificate sholdn't be an issue in the 2012 election. But he didn't distance himself from the conservative businessman's latest remarks either.

“You know I don’t agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don’t all agree with everything I believe in,” Romney told reporters Monday night, according to ABC News. “But I need to get 50.1 percent or more and I”m appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.”

In an interview with The Daily Beast last week, Trump pointed to old promotional material for Obama’s publisher that listed the president as being born in Kenya.

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

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