Mitt Romney has won the Arkansas Republican primary, locking up the state's 36 delegates and inching closer to the 1,144 delegates he needs to win the GOP nomination.
With more than 70% reporting, Mitt Romney has secured 69% of the vote (75,853 votes compared to Ron Paul's 12.9% (14,221) of the vote. All outlets have long called the election for Romney.
Ron Paul supporters had hoped that their candidate could serve as the black horse in this primary. Earlier this month, Ron Paul supporters planned a "stealth" Arkansas campaign in which they claimed, "If we take Arkansas, we cut Romney off at the Mississippi and we win every state from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada!"
Of course, this was hyperbolic and never materialized. Romney led in the polls all evening and the election never stayed close. Interestingly, former presidential hopefuls Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich remained on the ballot in Arkansas, and Santorum has so far garnered 13.2% of the vote (slightly more than Paul).
While Romney will count the state victory in his win column, the real news from Arkansas comes on the Democratic side, where Barack Obama faced off against challenger John Wolfe, who has made an impressive showing in the state. With 31 of 75 counties reporting, Wolfe has won 39.12% of the vote, compared to Obama's 60.88%. That comes as a blow to Obama, who has clearly lost the majority of support in select portions of the country.
Earlier on Tuesday, Wolfe told PolicyMic, "I launched my underdog campaign not because I thought I could win against the political machine but because I refuse to stand idly by as this administration pursues the wrong priorities."
For a complete run-down of all the Arkansas results, including live updates, see here.