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The former Massachusetts governor moves closer to the 1,144 delegates needed to secure nomination.

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Romney sweeps primary in Kentucky, Arkansas

The former Massachusetts governor moves closer to the 1,144 delegates needed to secure nomination.

Mitt Romney made sweeping victories in the Kentucky and Arkansas Republican primaries Tuesday.  According to AP, Romney took 66 percent of the vote in Kentucky, with Rep. Ron Paul coming in at a distant second with 12 percent. In Arkansas, Romney held onto 69 percent, while Paul lagged behind with only 13 percent.

Romney’s win in the primary moves him 75 delegates closer to the 1,144 needed to secure the GOP nomination.  The votes at this point, however, only reaffirm Romney’s eventual nomination with little to no practical threat being mounted from any other candidate — former candidates Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, despite being formally out of the race, were still on the ballots in the two states. 

Texas, which has 152 delegates to offer, will be the next to hold a primary on May 29.

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