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Mitt Romney Wins Conn. & NY Primaries As He Builds On Big GOP Lead

Mitt Romney celebrates his win in the Wisconsin primary - Milwaukee, WI - Apr 3, 2012 (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Mitt Romney celebrates his win in the Wisconsin primary – Milwaukee, WI – Apr 3, 2012 (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) –Mitt Romney is now five states closer to winning the GOP nomination for president.

Romney built on his big lead in the race for convention delegates with wins in Republican presidential primaries in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Delaware Tuesday night.

Check: New York State Primary Results | Connecticut Primary Results

Romney continues to widen his lead over Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul in the nomination race for the 1,144 delegates. Romney’s closest competitor, Rick Santorum, has stopped campaigning.

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Romney easily won New York’s primary and most, if not all, of the state’s 95 delegates.  The former governor of neighboring Massachusetts was never challenged in New York.

Romney will face a taller task in November trying to take the heavily Democratic New York from President Barack Obama. Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 2-to-1.

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