April 25, 2012

Romney grabs majority of Bristol GOP votes

Mitt Romney
BRISTOL – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney garnered 54 percent of the 735 votes cast by Bristol Republicans in Tuesday’s presidential primary.
Romney, who is virtually certain to gain the GOP’s nomination to challenge President Obama in November, collected 400 votes from the 12 percent of GOP loyalists in Bristol who bothered to turn out at the polls.
Finishing second was U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who racked up 140 votes. He was followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who tallied 120.
Also collecting votes was former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who got 64 despite suspending his campaign earlier this month.
Ten GOP voters opted for uncommitted.
There are 5,661 registered Republicans in the city.
Turnout was light because of the widespread belief that Romney, who swept a series of primaries Tuesday, had the nomination locked up after Santorum stopped campaigning actively.
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