Election 2012: Five Primaries, Five Wins
Romney gains momentum as primary campaign winds down
Voters in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, and Rhode Island cast their Republican primary votes yesterday. And in all five states, Mitt Romney won big.
After Rick Santorum dropped out of the race, Romney was left with little competition for the Republican presidential nomination. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are still in the race, but they trail far behind Romney in delegates.
According to the Associated Press, Romney won 154 delegates in last night's elections. Gingrich and Paul won five delegates combined. (Full results at the end of the story.)
Romney now has 844 delegates, 300 away from the 1,144 he needs to be the Republican nominee. But with Santorum now out of the race, Romney has a clear road to the nomination.
At his victory party in Manchester, New Hampshire, Romney had his eye on the general election battle with President Barack Obama.
"Tonight is the start of a new campaign to unite every American who knows in their heart that we can do better," Romney said. "The last few years have been the best that Barack Obama can do, but it's not the best America can do!"
"A better America begins tonight," he added.
After Romney spoke the crowd was enthusiastic and was cheering his name. But not every Republican is enthusiastic about the end of the primary race. Turnout was low in most of the primary states yesterday, and some voters expressed disappointment that Romney was the presumptive nominee.
Dr. James Masone from Miller Place, New York, said he wanted a conservative nominee and that Romney was "not a conservative." He added "it will be an uphill battle, due to the economy," for whoever is running for President. But he wants a conservative candidate who would "follow the Constitution of the United States and respect it, which I don't think this President is doing."
Others, though, are ready to support Romney in his campaign as the Republican nominee.
In Wayne, Pennsylvania, only 10 percent of registered voters came out to vote. One of them, Fabio, said Romney was "the most qualified" person running for President.
For Romney, his general election campaign began last night. And as he looks towards selecting a running mate and battling President Obama, the other Republican nominees are reassessing their campaigns.
Last night, Gingrich was in Concord, North Carolina. In a speech to his supporters, he recommitted himself to seeing his campaign through to the Republican National Convention. But after Romney's big wins in all five primary states, Gingrich changed positions and said he will "look at his prospects over the next few days."
The next primary elections will be held on May 8 in Indiana, North Carolina, and West Virginia.
Additional reporting by Kid Reporter Katelyn Barr.
Check out Kid Reporter Chloe Conway's report from Manchester, New Hampshire, for more from Mitt Romney's victory speech last night.
April 24 Primary Results:
Mitt Romney: 62.4 percent
Ron Paul: 15.7 percent
Newt Gingrich: 12.9 percent
Rick Santorum 9 percent
Mitt Romney: 58 percent
Rick Santorum 18.3 percent
Ron Paul: 13.2 percent
Newt Gingrich: 10.5 percent
Mitt Romney: 56.5 percent
Newt Gingrich: 27.1 percent
Ron Paul: 10.6 percent
Rick Santorum 5.9 percent
Mitt Romney: 67.4 percent
Ron Paul: 13.5 percent
Newt Gingrich: 10.3 percent
Rick Santorum 6.9 percent
Others: 2 percent
Mitt Romney: 63.2 percent
Ron Paul: 23.9 percent
Newt Gingrich: 6.1 percent
Rick Santorum 5.7 percent
Others: 1.2 percent
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