Mitt Romney [Unlink]
won with 82 percent in the primaries held in Puerto Rico to determine the Republican candidate for the U.S. presidential elections, after the counting of more than 10 percent of the vote, said the former governor.
Far away, with nine percent of the vote, stood its main rival, former Senator Rick Santorum [Unlink]
of Pennsylvania. Behind them were located Newt Gingrich [Unlink]
and Republican candidates Ron Paul.
ELECTION ON THE ISLAND
After his last defeat in the primaries in Southern states like Mississippi and Alabama, Romney won a major victory again now. The 20 delegates are distributed proportionally territory all candidates. However, if the winner gets more than 50 percent of the vote, we are all delegates. To be anointed Republican candidate, the candidate must get at least 1,144 delegates.
Romney had for the primaries with the support of the governor of Puerto Rico, Republican Luis Fortuno. The Republican candidate supports the integration of Puerto Rico as quincuagésimoprimer U.S. state.
The people of Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens but can not vote in presidential elections.However, do participate in the primaries. In the Puerto Rico caucus decide 20 delegates elected in August to opponent Barack Obama.
The next big date for the primaries will be held next Tuesday in Illinois, state by the late senator Obama.
Romney, meanwhile, took advantage of an increase in the price of gasoline for the ninth straight day to attack President Barack Obama. The candidate has said that "without doubt" the president is responsible for this increase.
During a program on Fox News, Romney attacked the energy policies of Democratic president who, in his opinion, did not reduce U.S. dependence foreign oil and encouraged the creation of jobs in this country.
In particular he referred to during the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama "wanted to see an increase in gas prices" to expedite the transition to the use of alternative fuel sources.
The president "has selected three people to help you implement this program," said Romney, referring to the Secretaries of Energy, Steven Chu [Unlink]
and Interior Ken Salazar [Unlink]
and the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Lisa Jackson.These, according to Romney, "should be dismissed because the president has apparently undergone a conversion in the election year. Now he has decided that gasoline prices should fall.