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 ClintonClinton: 'American people deserve better' than gun control stalemate Dems celebrate anniversary of gay marriage ruling Clinton in first post-Brexit appearance: 'We are resilient' MORE won more than 80 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, and Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMarines reignite debate on women in combat Gun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA Report: Prominent neoconservative to fundraise for Clinton MORE (R-Ariz.) bested Obama by 9 percent in the general election that November.

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