Romney Takes RI; Moves Closer to Nomination
Mitt Romney continued his march toward a showdown with President Barack Obama, winning Rhode Island's primary Tuesday.
Mitt Romney looked certain to continue his march toward a showdown with President Barack Obama, leading Rhode Island in Tuesday’s primary with 63 percent of the statewide vote with 96 percent of districts reporting as of 10:15 p.m., according to Secretary of State Ralph Mollis's election results web page.
Locally, Romney won the Warren vote with 64.6 percent (93 total votes). In Bristol, Romney also took the top with 70 percent (254 total votes)
The former Massachusetts governor defeated Ron Paul, the closest challenger, who received 18.8 percent of the votes in Warren and 22.3 percent of the votes in Bristol. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich checked in with 2.5 percent in Bristol and 8.3 percent in Warren, while Sen. Rick Santorum, whose name remained on the ballot despite his decision to back out of the race two weeks ago, captured 5 percent in Bristol and 6.2 percent in Warren.
[See a complete breakdown of the voting districts in Bristol and Warren at the secretary of state's town vote count web page.]
On the Democratic side, President Barack Obama, who was running unopposed, stood at 83.8 percent of the Rhode Island tally as of 10:15 p.m.
Romney won the local vote in most cities and towns, but by collecting more than 15 percent of the overall vote, Paul earned at least a share of the 19 delegates up for grabs in the primary. Rhode Island is the only state in which the GOP splits the delegate pool, according to the WRNI's On Politics blog.
There were 200 total delegates at stake in Tuesday’s votes in Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania. With most numbers in, Romney appeared headed for a sweep nationally, taking Delaware with 57 percent of the vote, Connecticut with 67 percent, Pennsylvania with 60 percent. Romney was leading New Ne York with only 7 percent reporting as of late Tuesday night.
Going into Tuesday, Romney held 698 total delegates, leading Santorum by more than 400, according to the New York Times delegate tally. He needs 1,144 to clinch the Republican nomination.