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Daily Israel Report

Romney's Latest Triple Win Surprises No One

With no serious challengers left, Romney easily wins Indiana, North Carolina and West Virginia.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 5/9/2012, 5:15 AM

Mitt Romney campaigns in Michigan
Mitt Romney campaigns in Michigan
Reuters

Mitt Romney has won the presidential primaries in Indiana, North Carolina and West Virginia, The Associated Press reports.

The triple win is certain to push Romney closer to the 1,144 delegates he needs to clinch the GOP nomination. The trio hands him 100 or so delegates of the 288 he still needs, the report said.

None of the outcomes is a surprise, as Romney faces no serious challenge to the Republican nomination.

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich formally exited the Republican presidential contest last week. Rick Santorum suspended his bid last month.

Only Texas congressman Ron Paul has remained in the race against Romney. Paul, however, has consistently placed fourth in the primary season and has no chance of beating Romney.

According to AP, even the candidate himself is essentially ignoring Tuesday’s primaries. Romney spent the day campaigning in Michigan, where he castigated President Barack Obama as an “old-school liberal” whose policies would take the country backward.

New Jersey governor Chris Christie recently implied that he would be open to the possibility of being Mitt Romney's vice presidential nominee.

During a visit to a high school in Plainsboro, New Jersey, Christie said he could be convinced to join the Republican presidential ticket. “He might be able to convince me,” Christie said of Romney.

It was recently speculated that Christie, who rejected encouragement to run for president, is one of the leading candidates to run for vice president along with Romney.