Ledes from Romney’s Tuesday Triumph

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New York Times: “Mitt Romney effectively assumed the helm of the Republican Party on Tuesday after five primary victories across the Northeast solidified his stature as the presidential nominee-in-waiting who is trying to unite conservatives and persuade independent voters that President Obama does not deserve a second term.”

Washington Post
: “Mitt Romney, whose first run for the White House ended in failure and disappointment, prepared to lay claim to the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night and turn his full focus to what will likely be a competitive and intensely fought general election contest with President Obama.”

AP: “Mitt Romney laid claim to the fiercely contested Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night with a fistful of primary triumphs, then urged all who struggle in a shaky U.S. economy to ‘hold on a little longer, a better America begins tonight.'”

Politico: “Mitt Romney swept all five Republican primary elections Tuesday night, putting an end once and for all to any hopes for a comeback by his beleaguered GOP primary opponents.”

Related Topics: 2012 Elections, News, Republican Party, The Page

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