RICHMOND, Va. - Mitt Romney has easily won a poor turnout election in Virginia.

With one-fifth of the vote counted, Romney had nearly 59 percent of the vote to 41 percent for Texas Congressman Ron Paul.

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Old Dominion Republicans could choose only between the former Massachusetts governor and Paul, whose libertarian streak has earned him a dedicated but small following. Former Sen. Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich both failed to make Virginia's ballot.

Forty-six of the state's 49 delegates were at stake in a race that generated little energy among the state's Republicans. With strength all over the state, Romney is likely to take all the pledged convention delegates.