Mitt Romney wins West Virginia primary

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) finished a distant second in the direct-election primary, which doesn’t cater to his strategy of working behind the scenes to capture delegates through a sustained presence in local caucuses.

West Virginia’s five electoral college votes are safely in Romney’s corner at this point. While there’s no recent polling, West Virginia has been particularly unfriendly to President Obama. In 2008, then-candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump floats opposition to debate schedule 100 days to go in volatile race Trump: I wish Ivanka and Chelsea Clinton weren't friends MORE won more than 80 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, and Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMcCain granddaughter comes out in support of Clinton With reservations, moving toward Hillary Clinton FULL SPEECH: Hillary Clinton closes out Democratic convention MORE (R-Ariz.) bested Obama by 9 percent in the general election that November.

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