Romney’s Grand Slam Win of the Islands: Victory in Puerto Rico!

It’s a landslide!

Friday, March 16, 2012 - A huge crowd cheers while awaiting the arrival of Mitt and Ann Romney at a campaign rally in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

(Photo/Evan Vucci/AP)

Governor Romney scored a HUGE win today in Puerto Rico!

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney won a crushing victory in Puerto Rico’s primary contest on Sunday.

CNN and the Associated Press both projected Romney as the winner shortly before 7 p.m., three hours after polls closed in the island territory.

With 11 percent of precincts reporting, Romney had 82 percent of the vote followed by former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum with 9 percent. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) had 3 percent of the votes cast, followed by Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) at 1 percent.

Romney was seen as the leading candidate in the territory, as he had the endorsement of Gov. Luis Fortuño (R), who also campaigned with Romney late last week.

Puerto Rico has 20 delegates up for grabs, all of which go to Romney on passing the 50 percent threshold. The island only awards delegates proportionally if none of the candidates receive half of the vote.

Both Romney and Santorum visited the territory last week in an effort to win delegates in what could be a prolonged GOP nomination fight.

Romney held two events on the island, including a rally on Saturday in Old San Juan, where he was joined by Mr. Fortuño, a prominent advocate of statehood for the territory.

The win increases Romney’s delegate count to more than 500, and he still has more than twice as many as Rick Santorum.

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Tweet from The Gov:

Ann and I are deeply grateful to @LuisFortuno51, his wife, & the people of Puerto Rico for their support & help in winning today’s primary.

Here’s a look at CNN’s election projection::

Here’s video of Mitt and Ann getting the news they had won (Drudge on iPad… gotta love it!):

Many Romney supporters watched a live feed of a roof-raising, hand-clapping RALLY held in Puerto Rico. Amazing! Enthusiasm was OFF THE CHARTS and we fell in love with Puerto Ricans. I wish I had the full video; here’s a small portion of the event (Gov Fortuno begins his English intro of Mitt @ 8:32):

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Romney is to be commended on his grand slam win of the islands: Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Hawaii!

Now, our focus is on this Tuesday’s primary in Illinois (69 delegates) and Thursday’s primary in Louisiana (46 delegates). The islands got it right; time to close this process and rally behind Romney. Let’s get started on unifying the GOP and taking on the monumental task of beating Obama.

Thanks to all who voted for The Gov today and helped in any way. We appreciate Romney supporters who are making phone calls on his behalf. He needs our help; it’s easy! Click here to keep those calls going.

Here’s a pic taken by Romney Campaign embed D.G. Jackson: “Mitt with 5 year old Celina. She was so excited to meet him.” March 17, 2012

If you missed seeing The Gov on FOX News Sunday today, click below the fold to see video. (Brett Baier substituted for Chris Wallace) More pics from Puerto Rico, too…

March 17, 2012 - Mitt and Ann select fresh tropical fruit at a market in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. PR Gov Luis Fortuno and his wife, Lucé, accompanied them (She can be seen to the right of Mitt). (Photo/Evan Vucci/AP)

Mitt, Ann, and PR Gov Luis Fortuno at the check out stand at a market during campaign stop in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Gov Fortuno's wife, Lucé, can be seen over his shoulder. March 17, 2012 (Photo/Evan Vucci/AP)

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4 Responses to Romney’s Grand Slam Win of the Islands: Victory in Puerto Rico!

  1. Arfisher says:

    These folks looked, listened and voted. Romney is head and shoulders above the competition and they decided for themselves, instead of having the media on the mainland telling them all the propaganda. The democrats because they don’t want to run against Romney, Gingrich because he is revengeful. When he did have money he ran one of the most untruthful ads of the campaign season against Bain and the others because they are bigoted and gathered together in secret to put down the Mormon candidate. Santorum is a lightweight in every arena.

  2. Stefany Clark says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen such coverage of a president or presidential candidate in Puerto Rico. This is the type of goodwill, ally building, relationship creation that we haven’t seen for many years in the US! You can bet that a President Mitt Romney will reach out to people, cultures, and nations around the world, where ever possible, building relationships of trust. He took Olympic athletes from around the globe and made a huge success after 9/11. This could be one of Romney’s greatest untapped, untold assets to America- he may have international appeal.

  3. I love that introduction of Gov. Romney at the pulpit! It does not get any better than that.

    Love Latin Americans.

  4. AfricansforRomney says:

    Viva Puerto Rico!
    Gov Romney connects with ALL regardless of race, religion, status…
    Gov Romney will make Obama a ONE term president.

    Gov Romney=a proven Leader!