CNN projects Mitt Romney will win all three of Tuesday’s Republican presidential primaries, including Wisconsin, where a loss for Rick Santorum may damage his ability to convince Republicans that he can stop Romney from getting the nomination.
Romney’s wins in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia will put him past the halfway mark to the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the nomination and add to a wide delegate lead that he holds over the other major GOP presidential candidates, according to CNN estimates.
“Thank you to Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C. We won them all,” Romney told supporters Tuesday night in Milwaukee. “This has really been quite a night. We won a great victory tonight in our campaign to restore the promise of America.”
The former Massachusetts governor is expected to take the majority of Wisconsin’s 42 delegates and Maryland’s 37 delegates, with some designated solely for the winner and the rest to be awarded proportionally. He will take all 16 delegates at stake in the District of Columbia.