published Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Former Gov. Mitt Romney wins Mass. GOP primary

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talks to reporters on his campaign plane before taking off for Boston today in Columbus, Ohio. Romney has won the Virginia Republican primary on Super Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talks to reporters on his campaign plane before taking off for Boston today in Columbus, Ohio. Romney has won the Virginia Republican primary on Super Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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STEVE LeBLANC,Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Mitt Romney has cruised to an easy primary win in Massachusetts, a state he governed for four year and one the other GOP candidates all but conceded.

Romney handily beat Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich, who put little effort into trying to deny him a victory.

Massachusetts has 41 GOP delegates up for grabs.

Romney returned to the state for the first time in months to cast his ballot at a senior center in Belmont, where he and his wife Ann own a condominium and where the couple raised their family.

Romney planned to address supporters at the Westin Copley Place hotel in Boston as the Super Tuesday results poured in.

With Barack Obama facing no competition on the Democratic ballot, voting appeared light across the state.

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