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Vermont primary results: Mitt Romney declared winner

By Kenneth W. Smith Jr.,

Mitt Romney has won the Vermont primary. As The Fix team reported:

Mitt Romney won the Vermont primary.

Romney’s victory in the Green Mountain State was widely expected, given his strong performances in the Northeast.

Romney’s opponents didn’t campaign hard in the state, which borders both Romney’s home state of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, where the former Massachusetts governor grabbed a big early victory in January.

Romney also won the Massachusetts primary Tuesday and the Maine caucuses last month.

Vermont will award 11 delegates proportionally, based on the statewide vote, to each candidate who gets at least 20 percent of the vote. Three more delegates will go to Romney as the primary winner, and three are the state’s Republican National Committee members.

Ron Paul and Rick Santorum were on track to take some delegates.

Super Tuesday is upon us and the battle for the Republican presidential nomination is in high gear as the four leading candidates compete for more than 400 delegates in 10 states: Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Vermont, Massachusetts, Virginia, North Dakota, Idaho and Alaska. Polls in Vermont closed at 7 p.m. EST.

Analysis from The Fix: The Green Mountain State went heavily for Mitt Romney in 2008, and we would expect the same this time around. Say what you want about his vulnerabilities elsewhere, Romney owns the Northeast. The competition isn’t even trying here.

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