Romney wins 105 Texas delegates on big night

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By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney won 105 delegates in the Texas primary on the night he clinched the Republican nomination for president, giving him more than two-thirds of the delegates up for grabs in the contest.

The former Massachusetts governor has 1,191 delegates, according to The Associated Press count, putting him above the 1,144 delegates needed to win the GOP nomination at the party's national convention in August.

Texas had 152 delegates at stake in Tuesday's primary. Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who has stopped campaigning in primaries but is still accumulating delegates, won 18. The rest were sprinkled among candidates who dropped out of the race weeks or even months ago.

Texas awarded delegates in proportion to the statewide vote, and candidates could win a delegate with as little as 0.4 percent of the vote.

The low threshold gave Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who dropped out of the race in January, her only delegate. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who also dropped out in January, won his second.

Romney has won about two-thirds of the delegates at stake in primaries and caucuses since January. His next closest rival, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, has won 16 percent. Santorum suspended his campaign April 10.

Romney will face Democratic President Barack Obama in the general election. Obama rebounded in Texas, after getting some embarrassingly low vote totals in recent Democratic primaries in West Virginia, Kentucky and Arkansas.

Obama got 88 percent of the vote in the Texas Democratic primary. John Wolfe, a Tennessee lawyer who got almost 42 percent of the vote in the Arkansas Democratic primary, was held to 5 percent of the vote in Texas.

Next Tuesday, presidential primaries will be held in California, New Jersey, New Mexico, Montana and South Dakota. At stake: a total of 264 Republican delegates.

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