GOP Presidential Primary

GOP Presidential Primary

Romney wins Oregon primary

Mitt Romney won the Oregon primary on Tuesday, taking the bulk of the state's 28 delegates and pushing him closer to officially winning the GOP nomination.

The Associated Press called the race for Romney shortly after polls closed at 11 p.m. ET.

{mosads}Romney is the presumptive GOP nominee but needs 1,144 delegates to clinch the nomination -- a number he should hit by the end of the month or in early June.

This week, Romney’s last challenger in the GOP primary, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, said he would stop campaigning in states that have yet to hold their primaries, and instead focus on cultivating his delegate count in states that have already held their contests.

Romney’s prospects for winning the Beaver State in the fall election are bleak – Oregon hasn’t voted for the Republican presidential nominee since 1984. However, a surprising SurveyUSA poll released last week showed Romney within 4 percent of President Obama.

Obama defeated Sen. John McCain in Oregon in the 2008 election by 16 percent.

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Mitt Romney wins West Virginia primary

Mitt Romney won the West Virginia Republican presidential primary on Tuesday, pushing him closer to the 1,144 delegates he needs to clinch the Republican nomination.

There were 31 delegates at stake in the West Virginia primary, making it the smallest prize of the three states holding their primaries on Tuesday. Romney won all three.

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Mitt Romney wins North Carolina primary

Mitt Romney won the Republican presidential primary in North Carolina on Tuesday.

Romney did not face opposition for the Republican primary in the state, but North Carolina is expected to be a critical swing state in the general election. 

President Obama won North Carolina in 2008. The Democrats are also holding their national convention there in September. In a head-to-head match-up, the latest polls show Obama leading Romney in the state.

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Perry endorses Romney after Gingrich signals an exit

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Wednesday night that he would endorse Mitt Romney's presidential bid, hours after the campaign of Newt Gingrich — Perry's previous choice — announced that the former Speaker would be ending his bid for the White House.

"Mitt Romney has earned the Republican presidential nomination through hard work, a strong organization and disciplined message of restoring America after nearly four years of failed job-killing policies from President Obama and his administration," said Gov. Perry in a statement released by his campaign. "So today I join the many conservative Republicans across the nation in endorsing Mitt Romney for president and pledge to him, my constituents and the Republican Party that I will continue to work hard to help defeat President Obama."

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