Mitt Romney builds on big lead in race for delegates

7:21 PM, Apr 24, 2012   |    comments
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Mitt Romney. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney is building on his big lead in the race for convention delegates with wins in Republican presidential primaries in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware.

Romney won at least 41 delegates Tuesday and is likely to win a lot more before the night is over.

A total of 209 delegates are at stake in five states, with voters also going to the polls in New York and Pennsylvania, though the status of Pennsylvania's delegates probably won't be known for several days.

Romney has a total of 739 delegates. It takes 1,144 delegates to win the Republican nomination for president.

The other two candidates still in the race, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, are far behind. Gingrich has 137 delegates and Paul has 75.

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