Romney Wins Ohio Republican Primary Election

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won the Republican presidential primary in Ohio, the Associated Press projected, overcoming a challenge from former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

Romney had 38 percent of the vote, with 99 percent of precincts reporting, compared with 37 percent for Santorum, almost 15 percent for former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and 9 percent for U.S. Representative Ron Paul of Texas.

Santorum and Romney had been running close in polls of voters in Ohio (BEESOH), a bellwether for November’s general election with one of the largest caches of electoral votes. Both candidates focused their resources on the state, with Santorum trying to build a coalition of lower-income voters, evangelical Christians and Catholics.

Ohio awards its 66 delegates for the Republican National Convention on a proportional basis by congressional district. It’s one of 11 states that held contests on Super Tuesday in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Only Georgia, Gingrich’s home state, has more delegates at stake for the convention.

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