By Stephen Ohlemacher,Â The Associated Press
With no serious opposition left, the formerMassachusettsÂ governor easily won both contests. He won all 42 delegates at stake in Kentucky and at least 21 of the 33 delegates at stake in Arkansas.
Twelve delegates were still undecided in Arkansas.
Romney has 1,055 delegates, leaving him just 89 shy of the 1,144 delegates needed to win the GOP nomination for president. He should reach the threshold next week, when voters go to the polls inTexas.
Assured of the party nod, Romney has been in general election mode for weeks. He’s been spending much of his time fundraising and focusing on DemocraticÂ President Barack Obama.
As voters in the twoÂ Southern statesÂ weighed in, Romney spent Tuesday evening at a fundraising event inÂ New YorkÂ where his campaign said he raised $5 million. Romney’s campaign has raised roughly $15 million during a three-day fundraising swing in the New York area.
He is scheduled to make a campaign appearance Wednesday in Washington.
Romney had struggled in some previous Southern contests, when formerÂ Pennsylvania Sen. Rick SantorumÂ and formerÂ House Speaker Newt GingrichÂ were in the race. With them on the sidelines, Romney displayed solid support in two states he should win in November.
Even though they have left the race, Santorum, Gingrich andÂ Texas Rep. Ron PaulÂ were on the ballot in Kentucky and Arkansas.
Texas, which offers 152 delegates, votes May 29.
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