Romney sweeps, turns his attention on Obama. Wither Newt?

| April 25 2012
Christopher Cook

FOX News:

Mitt Romney swept Tuesday’s five Republican primaries, all but eliminating any remaining doubt that he will be the Republican candidate to face President Obama in November — though closest rival Newt Gingrich remains in the race for now.

Romney, who for weeks has been turning his campaign’s focus toward the general election, continued to refine his pitch for ending Obama’s presidency after one term.

“Everywhere I go, Americans are tired of being tired, and many of those who are fortunate enough to have a job are working harder for less,” Romney said from Manchester, N.H., near where he started his campaign in June. “To all of you, I have a simple message: Hold on a little longer. A better America begins tonight.”

Some analysis were speculating that Gingrich might have a shot to come in a close second in Delaware, but it was not close at all (see the results below). Others fretted that Romney might be damaged if he didn’t do well in Pennsylvania or one of the other states. He did well in all of them.
Where does Gingrich go from here? He would have made an excellent president and a fascinating candidate, but he does not have a chance now. Is his best play really to stick it out? He still has a career ahead of him, but he may have done himself some damage by staying in this as long as he has. He has great value to add to the movement; hopefully his next moves will maximize that value and that potential.
Connecticut | 28 delegates (99%)
Candidates Votes Percent
Romney 39,763 67.4
Paul 7,940 13.5
Gingrich 6,054 10.3
Santorum 4,046 6.9
Delaware | 17 delegates (100%)
Candidates Votes Percent
Romney 16,143 56.5
Gingrich 7,741 27.1
Paul 3,017 10.6
Santorum 1,690 5.9
New York | 95 delegates (93%)
Candidates Votes Percent
Romney 95,838 62.4
Paul 24,054 15.7
Gingrich 19,841 12.9
Santorum 13,749 9.0
Pennsylvania | 72 delegates (99%)
Candidates Votes Percent
Romney 463,960 58.0
Santorum 146,723 18.3
Paul 105,340 13.2
Gingrich 83,781 10.5
Rhode Island | 19 delegates (100%)
Candidates Votes Percent
Romney 9,157 63.2
Paul 3,462 23.9
Gingrich 878 6.1
Santorum 823 5.7
Total Votes & Delegates
Candidates Votes Delegates
Romney 5,216,795 838
Santorum 3,375,788 267
Gingrich 2,402,278 141
Paul 1,334,178 88
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