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 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…