HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is expected to pick up more momentum for his presidential bid in neighboring Connecticut, one of several states holding Republican primary elections Tuesday.
Romney’s wife, Ann, visited the state on Monday, urging support for her husband and saying his message of fixing the economy and getting people back to work will resonate with the state’s voters. She was the keynote speaker at the Connecticut Republicans’ annual Prescott Bush Awards Dinner in Stamford.
A Quinnipiac University Poll released in March showed Romney winning 42 percent of the vote, followed by former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania with 19 percent. Santorum has since suspended his campaign, but his name will appear on the ballot, along with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.
Connecticut has 28 Republican delegates, and 25 will be selected on Primary Day. The remaining three include the state’s Republican National Committee members — state GOP Chairman Jerry Labriola, state Rep. John Frey of Ridgefield and Patricia Longo of Wilton. All three have already announced they are backing Romney.
Under state party rules, a candidate who wins at least 50.1 percent of the vote will automatically win 10 delegates. The remaining 15 will be divided among the state’s five congressional districts and awarded to whoever wins the plurality in each district.
There will not be a Democratic presidential primary Tuesday in Connecticut.
If Romney becomes the Republicans’ presidential candidate, he could face a difficult challenge from Democratic President Barack Obama in Connecticut. That same March Quinnipiac poll showed Obama winning a potential match-up with Romney, 53 percent to 37 percent.
The survey of 1,622 registered voters has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points. The poll includes 429 Republicans and that margin is 4.7 percentage points.
Voting polls will be open Tuesday from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. for registered Republicans. Besides Connecticut, Republicans are voting in Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.