(CBS News) Mitt Romney wins the Republican presidential primaries in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Delaware, CBS News projects.
Polls in New York closed at 9 p.m. ET.
In Connecticut, with 41 percent of theÂ expected votes in, Mitt Romney had 66 percent of the vote. Ron Paul followed him with 14 percent of the vote.
In Rhode Island, with 83 percent of theÂ expected votes in, Romney led with 64Â percent and Paul trailed him with 25 percent.
In Pennsylvania, withÂ 14 percent in, Romney had 57 percent. Rick Santorum, who dropped out of the Republican presidential contest earlier this month, followed with 19 percent of the vote.
In Delaware, withÂ 97 percent of the expected voteÂ in, Romney led Gingrich 57 percent to 27 percent.
Romney could potentially add more than 200 delegates to theÂ 692 estimated delegatesÂ he had already secured before the evening’s five contests.
No matter what happens, Romney will still lack the 1,144 delegates necessary to formally clinch the Republican nomination after Tuesday — but the former Massachusetts governor is already claiming the mantle of presumptive Republican nominee. Even as he continues to put in the requisite work toward officially sealing up the Republican nomination, Romney is expected to pivot to the general election in a speech later tonight in New Hampshire.
Speaking to supporters out of New Hampshire Tuesday night, the presumptive GOP nominee focused his attention solely on President Obama, failing to mention either of this remaining Republican rivals by name,Â instead casting himself as an improvement over Mr. Obama and promising “the start of a new and better chapter.”
“A better America begins tonight,” Romney told an enthusiastic crowd. “Tonight is the start of a new campaign to unite every American who knows in their heart that we can do better. The last few years have been the best that Barack Obama can do. But it’s not the best America can do. Tonight is the beginning of the end of the disappointments of the Obama years.”
Gingrich, who has only won two nominating contests, was counting on a strong performance in Delaware Tuesday to get a “bounce” that might prompt donors to take another look at his candidacy.
Don’t let the MSM censor your news as America becomes Great Again. Over 500,000 Americans receive our daily dose of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness along with Breaking News direct to their inbox—and you can too. Sign up to receive news and views from The 1776Coalition!
We know how important your privacy is and your information is SAFE with us. We’ll never sell
your email address and you can unsubscribe at any time directly from your inbox.