Romney achieves Victory in Arkansas, Kentucky Primaries

U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney won Tuesday’s primaries in Arkansas and Kentucky, official tallies showed.

In Arkansas, with 82 percent of precincts reporting, Romney led with 68 percent of the vote. Texas Republican Ron Paul had 13 percent of the vote. Rick Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, had 13 percent, while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich garnered 5 percent.

In Kentucky, with 99.9 percent of precincts reporting, Romney had 67 percent of the vote.

President Barack Obama won his 34th and 35th consecutive Democratic primary contests in Tuesday’s Democratic primaries, claiming victories in Arkansas and Kentucky.

With 82 percent of precincts reporting in Arkansas, Obama took 60 percent of the vote. In Kentucky, with nearly all precincts reporting, 57.9 percent of Democratic primary voters opted for Obama.

Arkansas offers 33 delegates and Kentucky offers 42.

Romney had accumulated 992 delegates heading into Tuesday’s contests. He needs 1,144 delegates to win the Republican Party’s nomination to challenge President Obama in the presidential vote in November.

Texas, which offers 152 delegates for grabs, will vote on May 29, according to Xinhua.