Mitt Romney is one win awy from having a triple-header victory if he also carries Wisconsin.In this GOP race it�s all about the delegates. With these two wins,
MSNBC reports with the general election matchup against President Obama beginning to take shape, Mitt Romney won the Republican primaries in Maryland and Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.
NBC News projected Romney would win the D.C. and Maryland primaries � the latter of which by a significant margin over his main rival, Rick Santorum.
The former Massachusetts governor had looked to move closer to putting the drawn-out Republican primary behind him, and beginning a new chapter � the general election campaign versus Obama.
Polls were set to close at 9 p.m. ET in Wisconsin, the top prize in Tuesday�s slate of contests. Romney had battled fiercely in the state against Santorum, who needed a win there to keep his hopes alive heading into the next group of contests on April 23, which includes his native Pennsylvania
UPDATE: Romney sweeps Wisconsin, Maryland, D.C., CNN projects
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.
Yet Santorum indicated Tuesday night he would fight on to the April 24 primaries in five states, including his home state of Pennsylvania, where his campaign hopes a win would be a gateway to a run of May primaries in states where he can capitalize on higher percentages of conservative voters.
After tonight the two guys walking around with forks sticking out of their backs are name Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.
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