Romney Faces Little Challenge in 5 Republican Presidential Primaries

Posted April 24th, 2012 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Mitt Romney will take another step toward capturing the Republican presidential nomination with expected wins in five primary elections Tuesday.

Voters are casting ballots in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Former senator Rick Santorum dropped out of the race two weeks ago. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Congressman Ron Paul have just a fraction of the number of delegates Romney has, giving the former Massachusetts governor a clear field.

Incumbent President Barack Obama will have enough delegates to secure the Democratic nomination after Tuesday's five primaries. He faced no challengers this year.

Mr. Obama began a two-day trip Tuesday to college campuses in North Carolina, Colorado, and Iowa, touting his plans for more affordable higher education.

The president wants Congress to extend a law set to expire in July that would prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling.

Romney, who has questioned what the president has done for young people since taking office, has also endorsed extending the law.