Chalk up two more GOP presidential primary victories for Mitt Romney. The presumptive nominee garnered around 70 percent of the vote in both Arkansas and Kentucky on Tuesday. The former Massachusetts Governor is on track to securing the GOP nomination long before the RNC convention in August.
Romney held 71% of the vote in Kentucky, with 99% of the precincts reporting as of 11:30 pm central time. Ron Paul finished a very distant second at 13%. It appears Romney will secure all 42 of Kentucky’s delegates that are on the line, since Paul failed to surpass the 15% threshold.
Only 69 percent of the precincts were reporting in Arkansas at the time of publication, but Romney was the clear winner, with 69% of the vote. Rick Santorum, who dropped out six weeks ago, was leading Ron Paul by less than 100 votes. Each of them stood at 13 percent. If Paul fails to reach 15%, Romney is likely to take all 33 of Arkansas’ delegates.
Tuesday’s victories move Romney closer to securing the 1,144 delegates necessary to clinch the GOP nomination. He is likely to acquire at least that many bound delegates at some point in June.
President Obama struggled to gain support from Arkansas Democrats. He held only 59 percent of the vote, compared to 41% for John Wolfe, with 70% of the precincts reporting. Wolfe is a Tennessee lawyer who has been on the presidential ballot in a few other states. He has also run for Congress unsuccessfully four times.
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