Mitt Romney continued his success in U.S. island territories by claiming an overwhelming majority of the votes in the Puerto Rico primary. Following early precinct reports, Romney amassed more than 80 percent. Early totals showed Rick Santorum in second place with eight percent of the vote. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul both stand at less than three percent.
Puerto Rico is a winner-take-all primary, so Romney picks up at least 20 delegates. The other three delegates are the territory’s RNC officials, who are also likely to support the former Massachusetts governor. Romney continues to distance himself from the rest of the pack in acquiring delegates. He is now estimated to have around 500. The total needed to clinch the GOP nomination is 1,144.
The next contest on the calendar is the Illinois primary, which takes place this Tuesday. 69 delegates are at stake there.
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