The GOP presidential primary came to an end Tuesday night as Mitt Romney secured more than 90 percent of the vote in Utah, with 86 percent of the precincts reporting. The final state on the primary calendar provided a home-field advantage to Romney. He used to live in Utah, served as CEO of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee and was helped by the state’s high Mormon population.
Utah was inconsequential in the presidential race, since Romney had already secured the 1,144 bound delegates necessary to clinch the nomination. Utah awards 40 total delegates, with 37 of those going to the overall winner. The other three delegates are the state’s RNC representatives. Ron Paul captured only five percent of the Utah vote, with 86 percent of the precincts reporting..
Also in Utah, longtime Republican Senator Orrin Hatch survived a primary challenge from Tea Party favorite Dan Liljenquist. Hatch captured 67 percent of the vote, with 86 percent of the precincts reporting.
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