Texas voters clinch GOP nomination for Romney
From the May 30, 2012, edition of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
By Maria Recio
There was no drama or suspense, but Texas finally played a bit role in the presidential election Tuesday. It gave Mitt Romney enough delegates to secure the Republican nomination.
Romney won 71 percent of the statewide vote in early returns, according to the Texas secretary of state's office. The former Massachusetts governor drew slightly less in Tarrant County, with 69.8 percent.
Texas had 152 delegates at stake Tuesday night, and Romney won his proportional share of them to formally clinch the race. He surpassed the 1,144 delegates needed to claim the nomination at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., in August. . .
Rep. Ron Paul, R-Lake Jackson, who has ceased active campaigning, had a fitful home-state primary. The 10.1 percent of the statewide vote did not measure up to his enthusiastic base. He also had 10.1 percent of the vote in Tarrant County.
Paul, who is retiring from Congress, is looking to have a forum for his libertarian ideas.
"Ron Paul is looking for a role in the convention where he can make his points for the last time," said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University.
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