Mitt Romney’s victories tonight in Arkansas and Kentucky may have been foregone conclusions, but besides two more batches of delegates on his way to the 1,144 he needs to clinch the Republican presidential nomination, they also gave him something else — bragging rights over President Obama.
In Kentucky, Romney, who is expected to clinch the nomination after the Texas primary on May 29, received a higher percentage of the vote in the Republican presidential primary than Obama received in the Democratic presidential primary. With 99.9 percent of precincts reporting, Romney had 67 percent of the vote, while Obama had 58 percent — compared to “uncommitted,” which received 42 percent, according to The Associated Press.
Obama did receive more votes than Romney in Kentucky — 119,284 to 117,599, according to the unofficial results from the state board of elections.
In Arkansas, Obama had 58 percent of the vote with 100 percent of precincts reporting. His Democratic challenger, John Wolfe, a lawyer from Tennessee, had 42 percent. Romney, comparatively, received 68 percent of the vote, the AP reported.
Arkansas and Kentucky are not considered competitive states in the general election; ABC News rates both states as solid Republican. Nevertheless, the strong showing by “uncommitted” and a relatively unknown candidate in his own party’s primary could be viewed as an embarrassment for Obama, particularly coming on the heels of the strong performance of federal inmate Keith Judd in West Virginia’s primary earlier this month.