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 ClintonCardinal Dolan: 'Very touching moments' between Trump, Clinton Poll: Large majority says loser should accept election results Al Smith V: Trump 'crossed the line' at charity roast MORE won more than 80 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, and Sen. John McCainJohn McCainHigh anxiety for GOP Trump: 'Very disappointed' GOP senator dropped support GOP senator: I'd consider Clinton Supreme Court pick MORE (R-Ariz.) bested Obama by 9 percent in the general election that November.