The former governor won the caucuses in Washington state, which is a boost for Romney billionaire facing the "Super Tuesday" next week, in which ten states will vote for the Republican nominee for the November elections in US.
With more than 60% of the votes counted, CNN projections indicate that the winner Romney with 37% of the votes, while Texas Congressman and former Senator of Pennsylvania tied with 24% and finally place has been the president of the House with 11%.
Romney's victory consolidates as favorite after winning in New Hampshire, Florida, Nevada, Maine, Michigan, Arizona and Wyoming.
Getting a good night was essential to make a good impression to the voters of Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia, which will vote next Tuesday.
In a single election day shall be allocated 419 delegates, of the 1,144 needed to clinch the nomination and is expected to last, the race was reduced to two candidates. The tie for second place shows the good performance of Ron Paul at short distances with the public and that Santorum is losing steam, but nothing is final ahead of next week.
"We are in a good second, but the good news is that we are doing very well getting delegates," said Ron Paul told a group of supporters in Seattle, who said that "the enthusiasm for the cause of freedom continues to grow exponentially. "
Although the elections were held in 10 states, the focus is on Ohio, one of the most delegates awarded, 66, and most representative of the country's overall population, which according to any candidate's electoral history has won this state has won the nomination.
Santorum wants to show the race in the Republican Party is between two candidates, while Romney needs to be in a good place to establish itself as a leading contender.
"Psychologically and politically, Ohio is critical," as indicated by the Republican strategist Ralph Reed to the Washington Post, because if Santorum wins Ohio, will help raise funds and expand their participation in the contest, while Romney if he does, ashappened in Michigan will give an aura of winning, he explained.
Campaign in the face of 'Super Tuesday'
Following the results, Romney has said that Washington voters have sent a signal that they do not want someone from the ruling class in Washington in the White House "want a conservative businessman who understands the private sector," according said in a statement from Ohio where he campaigned Saturday in the face of Super Tuesday.
Romney has campaigned in Cincinnati (Ohio), which has lambasted President Barack Obama, who he accused of having no ideas "has no more excuses and in 2012 we will ensure that you lose your job," he told supporters.
Santorum has also done the same in Ohio, where he participated in a meeting with citizens in Blue Ash, an industrial town in which he promised to eliminate taxes on manufacturing companies to boost the country's industrial belt.
Earlier last week, Santorum was leading the race in Ohio, but after the Romney victory in Michigan and Arizona, has lost altitude. However, according to the average page surveys the political specializing in Real Clear Politics Romney still win with 35% compared to 29.3%.
Gingrich, who has also come to Ohio, has concentrated its forces in Georgia, the most delegates awarded, 76, and that the candidate traveled by bus last week in a last attempt to regain positions.