Mitt Romney made it a clean sweep on Tuesday, winning the GOP primaries in Maryland, Wisconsin and Washington D.C. and solidifying his status as the Republican Party's frontrunner in his bid for the 2012 presidential nomination.
With these three wins, the former Massachusetts governor has moved past the halfway point in the race to secure the 1,144 delegates necessary to land that nomination.
Romney was called by CNN as the winner of the Maryland contest moments after the polls closed at 8 p.m. ET.
With 21 percent of the vote tabulated, Romney had 49 percent of the vote, followed by former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum with 30 percent, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich with 11 percent and Texas congressman Ron Paul with 9 percent.
It was even more lopsided in Washington D.C. which saw Romney called the winner shortly after 9 p.m. ET - one hour after the polls closed.
With 24 percent reporting, Romney had 69 percent, while Paul had 13 percent and Gingrich had 11 percent. Santorum was not on the ballot.
Romney was projected as the winner in Wisconsin shortly after 9:30 p.m. ET, half an hour after the polls closed.
With 20 percent on the vote counted, Romney had 42 percent, while Santorum had 39 percent, Paul had 11 percent and Gingrich had 6 percent.
There are 42 delegates at stake in Wisconsin, 37 delegates in Maryland and 19 delegates in the District of Columbia.
Heading into the day's action, Romney had 584 delegates, while Santorum had 264, Gingrich had 137 and Paul had 71.
Now there's a three-week break until the next round of contests on April 24, which sees primaries in Connecticut (28 delegates), Delaware (17 delegates), New York (95 delegates), Pennsylvania (72 delegates) and Rhode Island (19 delegates).
That's followed by primaries on May 8 in Indiana, North Carolina and West Virginia.
by RTT Staff Writer
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