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Mitt Romney Projected to Win Texas Primary: NBC News

Romney now has enough delegates to secure GOP nomination

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014  |  Updated 12:24 PM CDT
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Mitt Romney Projected to Win Texas

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CRAIG, CO - MAY 29: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally at Alice Pleasant Park on May 29, 2012 in Craig, Colorado. Mitt Romney will campaign in Colorado and Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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NBC News and the Associated Press are both projecting Mitt Romney the winner of the Texas primary.

The win puts Romney over the 1144 delegates needed to win the GOP nomination.

At 8 p.m. CT the polls closed in El Paso and tabulations gave Romney 71 percent of the vote, or 315,900 votes out of the 137/8779 precincts reporting.

Texan Ron Paul had 10 percent, with 44,238 votes. See the latest numbers here.

Mitt Romney said Tuesday he's honored and humbled to become the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee and he's expressing confidence in his chances of winning the White House this fall.

In a post-victory statement, he claims the party has come together after a divisive primary with one goal. He said that's putting what he calls the country's failures of the last three-plus years in the past.

He also said he's mindful of the challenges that lie ahead, but that he and the country will settle for nothing less than making America prosperous and filled with jobs.

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