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.