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By Wolf Blitzer, CNN
(CNN) – Even though the pundits and the headlines say Mitt Romney is only limping toward the delegates he needs, when you look at the popular vote the lines are a little more clearly drawn. The math seems to be in Romney’s favor, though none of the other candidates seem to be thinking about dropping out.
So far since Iowa and including the 10 contests of Super Tuesday, 8,257,860 Americans have voted in the Republican presidential primaries and caucuses. That’s a lot of people who have spoken.
Of those, 39% – or 3,236,421 – have gone for Mitt Romney.
Rick Santorum has come in second with 25%, or 2,080,903.
Newt Gingrich is third with 22%, or 1,818,293 votes.
And Ron Paul is fourth with 11%, or 924,935 votes.
These numbers underscore Romney’s clear plurality in the race for the party’s nomination. But those numbers are just for bragging rights.
What’s more important now is the race for delegates. As you know by now, 1,144 delegates are needed to clinch the nomination at the GOP convention in Tampa, Florida, at the end of August.
By CNN’s latest estimate, Romney has secured 429 delegates, Santorum 169, Gingrich 118 and Paul 67.
That means the race still has a long way to go.
So on to Kansas on Saturday and then Alabama, Illinois and Hawaii on Tuesday.
Let the voting continue.
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