By Michael Levenson, Globe Staff
Mitt Romney's campaign confirmed this morning that he has no plans to drop out of the Republican presidential race, and indeed plans to address an important gathering of conservative activists on Thursday.
Romney told supporters Tuesday night that he still intends to go all the way to the Republican convention and win the nomination. Romney's inner circle is gathering at the campaign's North End headquarters to plot strategy going forward. He faces an uphill battle.
John McCain's sweep on Super Tuesday of winner-take-all states in the Northeast and big-delegate states such as California has given him a huge lead in delegates -- 504 to 200 for Romney and 142 for Mike Huckabee, according to an Associated Press tally.
All three candidates, plus Ron Paul, are scheduled to appear before the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. Romney, McCain, and Paul are set to speak Thursday, and Huckabee on Saturday.