Mitt Romney Scores Overwhelming Victory In Puerto Rico

Not entirely surprisingly, Mitt Romney has scored an overwhelming win in Puerto Rico’s Primary:

Mitt Romney will win Sunday’s Republican presidential primary in Puerto Rico, CNN projects, based on vote results obtained from local party and election officials.

At 6:50 p.m. ET, with about 11% of total ballots accounted for, the former Massachusetts governor had a substantial lead with more than 11,500 votes — or 82% of the votes.

Rick Santorum was a distant second, at 9% with more than 1,200 votes.

The other two candidates, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, were further behind with 3% and 1% of the vote respectively.

Assuming Romney stays above 50% when the final numbers are in, which seems likely, he will get all 20 of Puerto Rico’s delegates to the Republican National Convention.

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  1. Ron Beasley says:

    He was out stupefied by Santorum even though he said some pretty stupid things like Rum is the devils brew. Probably not really popular in Puerto Rico but not as stupid as telling them they had to start speaking English if they wanted to become a state.

  2. Apparently Santorum’s ‘speak-a de Ingliss’ speech didn’t go over too well.

  3. MM says:

    It’s easy for Romney to pander when his opponent starts of saying something ignorant and offensive.

    If you want to make Romney work, you have to force him to pander to terrible ideas. I know that Santorum cannot win, but if he wants to have influence, he needs to shoot at Romney from the left. Talk more about the right or released felons to vote, or the incarceration rates of minorities.

    Everyone knows that Santorum is VERY conservative, so attacking Romney from the left forces him into areas where the weird technocrat can’t relate.

  4. superdestroyer says:

    Any Republicans who supports statehood for Puerto Rico is an idiot. Why have a state that would be the poorest state and would produce two automatic Democratic Senators who would vote for higher taxes, bigger government, and more ethnicity-based entitlements.

  5. Neil Hudelson says:


    Puerto Rico’s Governor is Republican, and their current majority party–New Progressive Party–identifies Republican for most of its leaders.

    But don’t let facts get in the way.

  6. Nikki says:

    @superdestroyer: Yeah, that’s some nice racism right there.

  7. superdestroyer says:

    @Neil Hudelson:

    He is not a republican but caucuses with the Republicans while the delegate from Puerto Rico.
    Do you really think that a state that does not speak English and would be the poorest state, by far, would not elect two liberal Democrats who would promise to tax the white son the mainland and send the box back to Puerto Rico.

    Republicans who think that they can appeal to poor Latinos are idiots and are just demonstrating that they cannot count.