GOP Presidential Primary

GOP Presidential Primary

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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Romney wins Delaware primary

Mitt Romney will win the Delaware primary Tuesday night, closing the door on one of the last remaining chances for dark horse candidate Newt Gingrich to influence the Republican nomination and edging the former governor closer to officially securing the Republican nomination.

NBC News and CNN projected Romney's win shortly after the polls closed.

Gingrich had hoped to collect the state's 17 winner-take-all delegates, campaigning heavily in the state over the past week. Romney hadn't visited in weeks, providing the former House Speaker a chance to rally downstate conservatives to surprise the presumptive nominee.

But Romney ultimately prevailed, adding to the 685 delegates the Associated Press projected he held entering the evening. Combined with expected wins across the Northeast, Romney's lead over Gingrich's 136 delegates should significantly grow Tuesday night.

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