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Romney Wins Puerto Rico

Mitt Romney celebrates his win in the Puerto Rico primary with supporters.

Mitt Romney pulled out  a win today in the Puerto Rican Republican Presidential primary.  This victory added 20 delegates to his total. As of today, he has a total of 521 delegates.  Rick Santorum is in second place with around 253 delegates. With 61 percent of precincts reporting, Romney hauled in 83% of the votes in Puerto Rico.  This win is definitely not a surprise, given the endorsement of Republican Governor Luis Fortuno. Romney was also boosted by the statements Rick Santorum made about Puerto Rican’s learning English.  The former Massachusetts Governor also came out in opposition to changing the official language in Puerto Rico as a requirement for statehood.   This win puts him a little closer to the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the nomination. Next up is the Illinois Primary, and Romney is hoping for a strong showing there as well. It seems as if the Romney camp is attempting to push the message that it is now time for Republicans to rally around him, and give up their support for other candidates. We will see what happens as the primary contest continues.

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