Mitt Romney coasted to victory in his home state of Massachusetts, easily winning the primary Tuesday over three opponents who did not bother to campaign there.
Massachusetts awards its 38 delegates proportionally to candidates who receive 15% or more of the vote, and it appeared Romney was in position to get almost all of them.
Romney served as governor of Massachusetts for one term, from 2003-07, and has long been considered a moderate on the political spectrum, though he has emphasized more conservative positions during the Republican primary.
As Massachusetts governor, Romney eliminated a projected $3-billion budget shortfall through a combination of spending cuts and increased fees.
He also supported and signed into law the state’s landmark healthcare legislation, which provides near universal care for state residents but has been criticized for mandating that citizens buy health insurance.