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Romney sweeps Tuesday primaries; ‘Better America begins tonight’

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By Doug Powers  •  April 24, 2012 10:34 PM

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CNN has called New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware for Mitt Romney. Though it’s not official as far as delegate count goes, Romney staked his claim to the GOP nomination tonight:

Mitt Romney on Tuesday night came back to the state where his campaign began nearly 11 months ago, now as the almost-certain Republican nominee and preparing for a vigorous battle with an incumbent president.

The former Massachusetts governor will deliver an election night speech – titled “A Better America Begins Tonight” — at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester. Hoping to capitalize on his expected sweep of five states holding primaries, Romney was focusing mainly on President Obama. Yet, he’s also giving a nod to the long, tough fight from which he’s emerging.

“After 43 primaries and caucuses, many long days and not a few long nights, I can say with confidence – and gratitude – that you have given me a great honor and solemn responsibility,” Romney plans to say, according to excerpts of the speech.

A Newt Gingrich exit from the race doesn’t appear to be imminent. Newt vowed to keep going through North Carolina.

Here’s Mitt Romney’s speech in which he assumes the mantle of GOP nominee (video by way of HAP):

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