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May 9th, 2012

Romney Sweeps Three More, Lugar Ousted, N.C. Rejects Gay Marriage

Mitt Romney dominated three more GOP presidential primary states on Tuesday and inched closer to securing the required number of delegates to capture the nomination. Romney easily outdistanced Ron Paul in Indiana, North Carolina and West Virginia.

The former Massachusetts governor picked up more than four times the amount of votes as Paul in the Indiana primary. 385,764 people voted for Romney. 92,607 chose Ron Paul. Indiana awards a total of 46 delegates. Romney secured at least 27 of them on Tuesday.

In North Carolina, with more than 966,643 people casting ballots, Romney picked up 65.66% of the vote, compared to only 11.08% for Paul. Rick Santorum, who dropped out of the race almost a month ago, almost bested Paul, finishing with 10.41%. North Carolina rewards 55 delegates on a proportional basis. Romney secured at least 36 of them.

Romney surpassed the 70% threshold in West Virginia, with 91% of the precincts reporting. Rick Santorum was leading Ron Paul by almost 1,100 votes for second place, at 12% to Paul’s 11%. West Virginia’s delegate allocation is not yet known.

Altogether, Mitt Romney acquired at least 63 delegates Tuesday night. According to numbers compiled by, at least 669 delegates are bound to Romney at the GOP national convention. That means they are required to vote for him on the first ballot.

The 669 total is significantly less than what many media outlets report because they base their projections on the results of elections. TIR’s number is not a projection. It is a hard count that does not include unpledged delegates in the total number.

Romney needs 1,144 to capture the GOP nomination. There are 11 states remaining on the GOP primary calendar. 550 delegates will be bound by those races. If Romney picks up at least 475 of those, the GOP race will be completely over long before the Tampa convention, with no chance for Ron Paul to create a floor fight over the nomination.

Lugar Loses Senate Primary to Mourdock

Richard Lugar’s moderate leanings finally caught up with him. The longtime Indiana senator was ousted by Tea Party challenger Richard Mourdock in a Republican primary contest. Lugar, 80, has spent more than 35 years in the U.S. Senate. He was manhandled Tuesday, 60-40.

Lugar’s recent votes in favor of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominees, the Dream Act and the START treaty rallied conservative forces against him. Mourdock faces Democrat Joe Donnelly in November.

North Carolina Bans Gay Marriage

North Carolinians voted overwhelmingly in favor of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, and all forms of same-sex unions, in the state. The amendment passed, 61-39%. That makes North Carolina state the 30th to adopt a similar ban.

The result is bad news for President Obama and the Democratic Party. North Carolina is a key swing state, which Obama won four years ago. The Democrats hold their national convention in Charlotte, N.C. this year. The Obama White House has been moving closer toward openly embracing gay marriage. Vice President Biden voiced support of it on “Meet the Press” last Sunday.

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Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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