7PM: The polls closed in Puerto Rico nearly four hours ago and the latest results show that Mitt Romney won by a big margin.
He needed at least 50% of the vote to get the 20 delegates, and that he did.
Mitt was the favorite, and I predicted two days ago that he would win. In his favor:
- His long-standing relationship with the Puerto Rican Republicans
- His statement in favor of statehood, if the Puerto Ricans decided for statehood.
Bear in mind that, in order to vote in the Republican primary, Puerto Ricans had to declare themselves Republicans, and
Only voters affiliated with the governing New Progressive Party were permitted to cast ballots in the island’s Republican primary this year – a requirement that obligated pro-Republican Puerto Ricans to declare their support for statehood.
Santorum campaigned briefly in the island and was considered to be the only other contender; his odds went way down once he got into the subject of language.
Newt Ginrich got less that 4% of the vote, and Ron Paul came in under Fred Karger and Buddy Roemer.