Mitt Romney Shows Muscle In Northeast With Win In Massachusetts

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Ann Romney (R) wipes lipstick off Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's cheek as he prepares to speak at a rally in Zanesville, Ohio. (credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Ann Romney (R) wipes lipstick off Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s cheek as he prepares to speak at a rally in Zanesville, Ohio. (credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (AP) – Mitt Romney has cruised to an easy primary win in Massachusetts, a state he governed for four year and one the other GOP candidates all but conceded.

Romney handily beat Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich, who put little effort into trying to deny him a victory.

Massachusetts has 41 GOP delegates up for grabs.

Romney returned to the state for the first time in months to cast his ballot at a senior center in Belmont, where he and his wife Ann own a condominium and where the couple raised their family.

Romney planned to address supporters at the Westin Copley Place hotel in Boston as the Super Tuesday results poured in.

With Barack Obama facing no competition on the Democratic ballot, voting appeared light across the state.

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