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article imageGOP Puerto Rico Primary Results: Mitt Romney takes huge victory

By Andrew Moran     Mar 18, 2012 in Politics
San Juan - The United States Territory of Puerto Rico held its primary Sunday where it was expected that former Governor Mitt Romney would win. With more than a third reporting, Romney is the projected winner.
The U.S. territory made headlines last month when Governor Luis Fortuno announced that he would be endorsing former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
Puerto Rico has experienced the media spotlight over the several days. This week, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum made headlines when he stated that he would accept Puerto Rico as a state if it made English its official language, which created a lot of controversy with Puerto Rican officials.
It will undergo a referendum in November relating to statehood. In the meantime, though, voters cannot cast a ballot in presidential elections. There were reports that many did not even vote because they felt disenfranchised that they would not be able take part in the presidential contest.
Regardless of this, Puerto Rico will be a play a significant part in this contentious Republican primary as it has 23 delegates up for grabs. If a candidate garners the majority of votes then he will take all 23. However, if no candidate gets at least 50 percent of the vote then it will be divided proportionally.
With 18 percent of the polls reporting, Romney has won with a substantial lead over his opponents with 87 percent. Santorum is in a very distant second place with eight percent. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has three percent and Texas Congressman Ron Paul has only one percent.
Below are the results for the four remaining Republican candidates thus far (five percent reporting):
Newt Gingrich: three percent | 599 votes
Ron Paul: one percent | 296 votes
Mitt Romney: 87 percent | 19,850 votes
Rick Santorum: eight percent | 1,984 votes
The four candidates will look to the next few GOP contests. Illinois scheduled its primary for Tuesday where 68 delegates will be contested. Louisiana will have its primary four days later with 46 delegates at stake.
Please note that this is a breaking news story so please check back throughout the night for continuous updates.
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