Mitt Romney’s bid for the GOP presidential nomination took a major step forward Tuesday night. Rick Santorum’s departure from the race enabled Mitt Romney to completely dominate Tuesday’s primaries in five Northeast states. Romney garnered more than 56 percent of the vote in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
His resounding victories enabled Romney to acquire almost all of the 231 delegates at stake. New York was the big prize, where 95 delegates were up for grabs. Romney now needs to pick up around 400 more delegates to reach 1,144 and surpass the threshold necessary to clinch the nomination.
The former Massachusetts governor barely campaigned in any of the states. His victory speech was delivered from New Hampshire, where he launched his presidential bid. “Everywhere I go, Americans are tired of being tired and many of those who are fortunate enough to have a job are working harder for less,” Romney said. “To all of you, I have a simple message: Hold on a little longer. A better America begins tonight.”
Tuesday’s closest contest was in Delaware, which Romney won by more than 29 points. The results likely ended Newt Gingrich’s last chance at regaining momentum in the race. He hoped the Delaware primary would provide a boost to his languishing campaign. Instead, the former House Speaker picked up only 27 percent of the vote, compared to Romney’s 56.5%. Rick Santorum managed to pick up more than 18% of the vote in his home state of Pennsylvania, although he dropped out of the race two weeks ago.
Here are all of Tuesday night’s results, as of 11:45 pm central time. All the primaries were at 100% or 99% precincts reporting, except for New York, which had completed 93%:
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