Mitt Romney was declared the victor in the Alaska Republican district conventions, the Associated Press projected, winning a state he has not visited during the presidential campaign, instead sending one of his sons on his behalf.
Romney did write an open letter to Alaska residents last weekend, promising that as president he would push through permit reforms allowing the state more of a say in tapping its resources.
"The federal government should be an ally in the effort to develop more of our nation's resources, not an obstacle," Romney wrote. "We will respect the rights Alaska gained with statehood -- including control of Alaska lands, waters, and wildlife."
The victory capped a strong Super Tuesday for the former Massachusetts governor as he also won Virginia, Vermont and Massachusetts, Idaho and, narrowly, Ohio. His rival, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, hung tough, however, winning in Tennessee, Oklahoma and North Dakota. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich won Georgia.