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Triumphant Romney: On to Pennsylvania

A triumphant Mitt Romney ignored his primary rivals in his Tuesday night victory speech but promised to take the fight to Rick Santorum's home state of Pennsylvania.

Romney focused exclusively on President Obama and never mentioned any of his primary rivals by name, even to congratulate them on a good race — a notable deviation from his previous election-night speeches. He also mentioned Pennsylvania first on his list of the next states he'll target, a clear sign he plans to bury Santorum in his home state.

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The former Massachusetts governor won the trifecta of Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night, a major step towards closing out the primary. He appeared relieved and relaxed at the podium, and stayed onstage a bit after his speech concluded, seemingly absorbing the moment.

There are three weeks between now and the next elections in Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Most of those states should be strongholds for Romney, and if he can win Pennsylvania there is little doubt the race will be all but over. 

In the speech Romney called President Obama "out of touch" with the country, a charge Democrats have leveled against Romney time and again, and joked that Obama had no idea what Americans think of him.

"President Obama thinks he's doing a good job," Romney said. "I'm not kidding."

He spent the rest of the speech blasting the president.

"The ironic tragedy is that the community organizer who wanted to help those that were hurt by a plant closing became the president under whose watch more jobs have been lost than at any time since the Great Depression," Romney said.

He said that Americans "can breathe a sigh of relief" next November and said that Obama's call for a stronger economy while, in his eyes, attacking business, was "a bit like saying you like an omelet but you don't like eggs."