Mitt Romney won the primaries in New York, Delaware, Connecticut Pennsylvania and Rhode Island on Tuesday, granting the candidate an opportunity to handle unfinished business as he pivots his attention toward the general election.
The former Massachusetts governor faced no meaningful opposition in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, or Rhode Island and is expected to win the vast majority, if not all, of the 222 delegates up for grabs in his bid to formalize the GOP nomination.
Major Republican figures have begun to rally around Romney and offer their endorsements, but he must still work toward winning the 1,144 delegates needed to formally secure the nomination.
According to Associated Press projections, heading into Tuesday's contests, Romney has already secured 698 delegates -- putting him on pace toward crossing the threshold in late May or early June.
Romney has continued to heed primary voters’ concerns, appearing in Pennsylvania on Monday alongside Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a conservative darling, before the Keystone State’s Tuesday primary.
But the former Massachusetts governor has also begun the work of pivoting in style and substance toward the general election, where a grueling matchup against President Barack Obama looms.
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