Romney wins more than 100 delegates on big night

May 31, 2012 - 10:25 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney has won more than 100 delegates while clinching the Republican nomination for president.

The former Massachusetts governor claimed 105 of the 152 delegates at stake in the Texas primary Tuesday, pushing him well past the number needed to win the nomination to take on President Barack Obama.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who stopped campaigning in primaries but is still accumulating delegates, won 18. The rest were sprinkled among candidates who dropped out of the race weeks or even months ago.

Texas awarded delegates in proportion to the statewide vote. Candidates could win a delegate with as little as 0.4 percent of the vote.

Romney has 1,191 delegates. It takes 1,144 delegates to win the nomination at the party's national convention in August.