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Virginia’s primary was much less exciting than previous contests since only two of the candidates, Rep. Ron Paul and Gov. Mitt Romney, were able to gain access to the ballot. Since write-ins are not allowed in the Republican primary, the frontrunner Gov. Romney was considered a heavy favorite from the beginning and closed the deal with a 60% to 40% win. This win for Romney was unconventional to say the least. Those who identified as Republicans, 63% of those who voted in the Republican primary, made a strong showing for the former governor of Massachusetts (73%). On the other hand, Rep. Paul saw the benefit of the 32% of those who identified as independent by taking away 64% of them. With his win, Romney took 43 of the 46 available delegates and expanded his already sizable lead.

CBS News Exit Poll

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