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Mitt Romney tops Ron Paul in Virginia

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen arrive to vote in the Virginia Republican presidential primary in Richmond, Va. (March 6, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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.

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.

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