ByÂ Stephen Ohlemacher,Â ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTONÂ â€” Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won most of the delegates in Tuesday’s three-state primary sweep and added a few more Wednesday from past contests to be less than 200 delegates away from clinching the Republican presidential nomination.
He could reach that goal by the end of the month.
Romney has 966 delegates. It takes 1,144 delegates to secure the nomination to take on President Barack Obama in November. Romney has 178 delegates to go, although his campaign is already in general election mode.
Texas’ Rep. Ron Paul, the only other Republican still in the race, has 104 delegates.
Romney won 84 of the 107 delegates at stake in Tuesday’s primaries in North Carolina, Indiana and West Virginia. He also picked up an endorsement from Ada Fisher, a Republican National Committee member from North Carolina who will automatically attend the GOP convention.
Paul, who does better in caucuses than primaries, won just six delegates Tuesday â€” two fewer than Rick Santorum, who dropped out of the race a month ago. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who quit the race last week, won four delegates. Five delegates were designated as uncommitted.
Romney also picked up 19 delegates in Pennsylvania and six in Nevada.
In Nevada’s presidential caucuses in February, Romney won 14 delegates, Gingrich won six, Paul got five and Santorum got three. But with Gingrich and Santorum out of the race, the Nevada GOP redistributed its delegates Wednesday, giving Romney 20 and Paul eight.
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