Romney Expected to Win Three States, Lugar Loses Bid to Run for Re-Election

Posted May 8th, 2012 at 8:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is expected to win primary elections in three more states Tuesday, as he moves closer to becoming the party nominee who will run against President Barack Obama in November.

Romney needs to win less than 300 delegates to reach the 1,144 required to clinch the Republican Party nomination to take on President Obama, who is running for a second term. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, is expected to add to his delegate count with wins Tuesday in Indiana, North Carolina and West Virginia.

In the Indiana primary, long-time Republican U.S. Senator Richard Lugar lost his bid to run for re-election in the state he represented for more than three decades. The 80-year-old was defeated in a tough battle against a candidate backed by the Tea Party movement, which supports smaller government and less taxes.

In North Carolina, voters were deciding on a state constitutional amendment that would define marriage as the union between a man and a woman. The measure is expected to be approved. North Carolina law already bans homosexual marriage.

For his part, President Obama on Tuesday made his case for Congress to advance bills he says will boost the economy, such as helping veterans find jobs, assisting homeowners in getting a lower mortgage rate, and extending tax credits to producers of alternative forms of energy and small businesses that create jobs.

Speaking at a university in Albany, New York, the president said progress is being made, including with hundreds of thousands of jobs created each month over the last several months. But he told the audience, “everybody knows we need to do more. And in order to do that, we are going to need some more action from Congress. Democrats and Republicans have to come together.”