Election 2012: Romney Wins Texas and the Nomination
Only 10 percent of voters turn out to cast ballots
Voters in Texas headed to the polls yesterday and gave Mitt Romney another primary victory.
But more importantly, by winning the Texas primary, Romney earned enough delegates to secure the Republican presidential nomination.
With no major competition, Romney easily won the Texas primary with 69 percent of the vote. (Full results at the end of this story.) He also won 105 of the state's 155 delegates, giving him a total of 1,191 as of Wednesday morning, according to the Associated Press. He needed to reach 1,144 delegates to become the Republican nominee.
“I am honored that Americans across the country have given their support to my candidacy and I am humbled to have won enough delegates to become the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee," Romney said last night.
Even though there was little doubt that Romney would win the primary, many voters in Texas still made sure to cast a ballot.
"Texas is a big state, and our values and principals are important to us," explained Fred Moses, Republican Party chairman for Collin County, Texas. "Texas speaks loud and clear about how we want to be represented. Texans want to have an opportunity to pick the best person to represent our Republican party in the election."
Texas voters chose Mitt Romney to represent the Republican Party. That's a choice that state Republican leaders are happy with.
"Mitt Romney is a candidate with integrity," Jim Mixon, County Chairman of Aransas County, Texas, said. "He tells the truth, and he knows how to make a lot of money and gives a lot back to charity."
Republican Party chairmen, like Fred Moses and Jim Mixon, were involved in helping organize and pull off the Texas primary.
Mixon hoped a lot of people would cast their votes, not just for the presidential election but for the numerous county elections occurring across the state. Voters were selecting county commissioners, county attorneys, Sheriffs and many others.
But because of problems related to creating new congressional districts in Texas, the date of the primary was pushed back to the day after Memorial Day. Many voters are still on vacation trying to escape the Texas heat.
"I think a lot of voters sent in absentee ballots this year instead of coming out to vote," Mixon said. Still, he was hopeful that voters would still cast their votes.
When the polls closed, only 10 percent of registered voters cast ballots. While that's a low turnout, experts say this is consistent with past primary elections.
Texas Primary Results
Mitt Romney: 69 percent
Ron Paul: 11.9 percent
Rick Santorum: 8 percent
Newt Gingrich: 4.7 percent
Others: 6.4 percent
Check out Kid Reporter Jacob Schroeder's story for more about Mitt Romney securing the Republican nomination.
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