Mitt Romney has officially clinched the GOP nomination with a victory in the Texas primary on Tuesday night, giving him the 1,144 total delegates he needed to go head-to-head with Barack Obama in November.
With 4% reporting, Mitt Romney has 71% of the vote (344,384 votes) and Ron Paul has captured 10% (48,054 votes). When the night is over, Romney will have secured the 70% he needs to clinch the nomination officially.
Romney was not in Texas to celebrate his victory, but instead campaigning today alongside Donald Trump in Las Vegas.
Whether Texas residents are excited for Romney is an entirely different story. According to Texas student David Kusin, "No one is excited about Mitt in Texas, including those driving his campaign."
Romney's victory comes as a disappointment to Ron Paul supporters, who had been clinging to hope that their candidate could pull a surprise upset and secure delegates ahead of the GOP Convention in Tampa, Florida this summer.
Although he is no longer actively campaigning in primary states, Paul's supporters have been extremely active across his home state. In the leadup to the primary, Politico reported, "He's almost certain to improve on his performance in 2008 -- when he won just five percent of the vote -- but by how much is impossible to predict. Recent public polls show ... Paul poised to triple his 2008 score."
While it seems Romney will ultimately win out, in another closely-watched race in Texas, Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz is seeking his party's nomination against Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. In addition to a victory for the Tea Party, a Cruz win would also serve as a positive sign for Paul, who endorsed the candidate even though Cruz has not returned the favor.
To follow along in the Cruz race live, see here.