With all of 0% of polls reporting in Massachusetts, Mitt Romney was declared the winner. That was too easy.
Romney won his home state on Tuesday night, the state he was governor of from 2003 to 2007. Exit polls were enough to declare him the winner immediately after polls closed.
Romney was well on his way to winning from the start. Polls conducted in the state suggested this morning that the former governor was likely to win about 60% of the vote. Romney didn’t really even have any rivals: None of the other GOP candidates actively campaigned in Massachusetts in the lead-up to the primary.
"I didn't even know we were having [a primary]" joked Senate Majority Leader Fred Berry on Friday.
Romney won all 41 delegates in the state.
On Friday, state representative Brad Hill said he didn't know of a single fellow Republican who will not vote for Romney. "I think he's going to do very well here," he said.
The Romney campaign hasn't even needed to spend any money on local TV ads, because he is a lock to win big. "I haven't heard a lot of back-and-forth about anyone else," said Republican Town Committee member Jack Buba.
In 2008, the race was much more competitive, although Romney edging out Arizona Sen. John McCain with 51% of the vote.
Romney’s supporters include Senator Scott Brown, the head of the state Republican Party, all four Republican state senators, and all but one of the 33 Republican state representatives.
Earlier in the day, Romney arrived in the state, where they were hosting a Super Tuesday party at their state headquarters. He and his wife Ann turned out at their polling place, a senior center called the Beech Street Center, a little after 5 p.m. EST to cast their ballots in the Massachusetts primary.
“You might guess who I might have voted for,” Romney said, chuckling, according to a pool report from the event.
Really, that was the only vote Romney needed.
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