Mitt Romney won primaries in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York tonight, the Associated Press reported.
Romney was expected to sweep all five states, where a total of 231 delegates are at stake. Turnout was low in all five states, according to local media reports.
Earlier today Newt Gingrich suggested he might reassess his campaign depending on the results in Delaware, where both Gingrich and wife Callista have spent a great deal of time campaigning. Tonight, after placing a very distant second — taking 27 percent of the vote to Romney’s 56.6 percent, Gingrich echoed that message.
“Callista and I got into this for our grandchildren,” he said. “I want you to know over the next few days we’re going to look realistically at where we are at. We’re going to be in North Carolina all week. I also want to do that as somebody who is a unifier and somebody who is realistic.”
Romney received a majority- not just a plurality- of votes in each state contest, and walked away from the night with an additional 146 delegates, padding his already insurmountable delegate lead. He currently has 844 delegates, ABC News projects.
Romney’s attention has turned to the general election. In his speech tonight in New Hampshire, which will be a swing state in the fall but was not voting today, Romney focused his attacks on President Obama, as he has done in the past several weeks, since Rick Santorum dropped out of the race.