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Projections: Romney wins in Ind., NC, W.Va.

Published On: May 08 2012 09:25:38 PM CDT   Updated On: May 08 2012 11:15:42 PM CDT
Romney campaigns in Delaware

Tim Shaffer / Reuters

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will win the Republican primaries in Indiana, North Carolina and West Virginia, CNN projected Tuesday night.


Romney took 65 percent of the vote in Indiana and 66 percent of the vote in North Carolina, with 99 percent of the precincts in both states reporting.


Rep. Ron Paul received 15 percent of the vote in Indiana and 11 percent of the vote in North Carolina.


With 62 percent of the precincts reporting in West Virginia, Romney had 70 percent of the vote. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum was in second with just 12 percent.


With just under six months before Election Day, a new poll indicates President Barack Obama is nearly dead even with rival Romney, who is expected to win the GOP nomination, in 12 battleground states.


Obama holds a slight two-percentage point advantage -- 47 percent to 45 percent --over Romney among registered voters, according to the USA TODAY/Gallup Swing States Poll. The margin is well within the sampling error.


The margin was smaller than when the poll was last conducted in March, when Obama held a nine-point lead over Romney. Since then, however, two of Romney's Republican opponents -- Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich -- dropped out of the race, paving a clear path for Romney to the GOP nomination.


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