Mitt Romney Wins All Of Puerto Rico’s Delegates After Santorum Slams Statehood Plans

Mitt Romney has scored an easy and expected victory in Puerto Rico’s Republican presidential primary. The win comes only days after GOP Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum told the people of Puerto Rico that they couldn’t achieve statehood if they didn’t adopt English as their primary langauge.

Romney won the US territory by more than a 50% vote which allowed him to receive all 20 delegates ahead of the national convention. Mitt Romney now has 521 delegates to Santorum’s 253 delegates while Newt Gingrich has racked up 136 delegates and Ron Paul has collected 50.

At this point Romney and Santorum will face off in the more competitive states of Illinois and Louisiana.

If Romney can continue to rack up victories he could gather the delegates needed to be selected as the GOP front runner by the time June arrives.

According to Enrique Melendez, a Republican representative for Puerto Rico:

“This proves Gov. Romney’s electability and his ability to reach out to Hispanics and minorities.”

While Mitt Romney may have won Puerto Rico that didn’t stop Rick Santorum from slamming his victories up until this point:

“This is a primary process where somebody had a huge advantage, huge money advantage, huge advantage of establishment support and he hasn’t been able to close the deal and even come close to closing the deal … That tells you that there’s a real flaw there.”

Romney took a much more direct approach noting:

“I can’t tell you exactly how the process is going to work … But I bet I’m going to become the nominee.”

With more than half of the states still required to vote it looks like the GOP presidential race will continue moving forward as Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney tear one other apart for the ultimate benefit of President Obama.

Do you think Mitt Romney will win the GOP nomination or can Rick Santorum still win over christian voters?

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