WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney jumped to an early lead in the race for Super Tuesday delegates by winning the Republican presidential primary in Virginia.
Romney has won at least 34 delegates in Virginia while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich picked up at least 23 delegates for winning the Georgia primary.
Georgia has 76 delegates at stake and Virginia has 46. But only Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul made the ballot in Virginia, making it easier for Romney to win more delegates. Georgia awards delegates proportionally, so the candidates will share them.
A total of 419 delegates were up for grabs in 10 states Tuesday. Both Romney and Gingrich were likely to add delegates as more votes were tallied.
In the overall race for delegates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads with 237, including endorsements from members of the Republican National Committee who automatically attend the convention and can support any candidate they choose. Gingrich has 56 delegates, while former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has 92 and Paul has 25.
It takes 1,144 delegates to win the Republican nomination for president.