Reporting Adam May
BALTIMORE (WJZ)—The votes are in. Mitt Romney won the Maryland Republican primary. The contest wasn’t even close, and it was unusually quiet.
Adam May has the breaking developments in Campaign 2012.
This win for Romney gives him another 37 delegates. At this point, he’s practically got the GOP nomination.
Romney declared victory in the Maryland Republican primary for president.
Unlike other states, exit polling in Maryland shows Romney did well with very conservative voters–usually his weakness.
There was plenty of parking at polling places across the state. Turnout was very low. Even at one of the usually busiest precincts, turnout was around 15 percent.
“People fought and died for this right, so I haven’t missed an election,” said one voter.
Democrats had limited choices on the ballot, and many Republicans admit a lack of enthusiasm.
One voter said there was a “lack of choices for a presidential campaign,” but decided to vote anyway.
“I’m here because I should be here,” she said.
Exit polling also shows 72 percent of Maryland Republicans picked Romney because they think he has the best chance to beat President Barack Obama.
Former Governor Bob Ehrlich is Romney’s Maryland campaign chair.
“It’s gonna be a 50-50 race. Very tough. Incumbent president never easy to beat, but he has the organization, skill set, the experience and the fundraising ability to be very competitive with a sitting president of the United States,” Ehrlich said.
Romney also won in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.
Rick Santorum, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich remain in the race. But it’s almost mathematically impossible for them to win the nomination, as Romney picked up 86 delegates Tuesday.
Also, Ben Cardin easily won the Democratic primary for Senate.