Mitt Romney heads to Charlotte
Posted May 9, 2012
Updated May 11, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney heads to Charlotte on Friday.
The former Massachusetts governor's campaign said he is expected to speak at Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company at 1 p.m., but it offered no other details about the trip. (Watch the speech live on WRAL.com.)
Romney was on a fundraising trip last month when he made his first stop as a presidential candidate to the Queen City, which is where President Barack Obama will accept the Democratic Party's nomination in September.
Thursday's official announcement comes on the heels of Romney's latest primary wins in the North Carolina, West Virginia and Indiana.
Romney won at least 55 delegates Tuesday, making him 233 shy of the 1,144 he needs to clinch the Republican presidential nomination — a gap he could close by the end of the month.
Romney won all 27 delegates at stake in Indiana and 37 of the 52 delegates up for grabs in the Tar Heel state.
North Carolina awarded delegates in direct proportion to the statewide vote, leaving Romney's opponent, Rep. Ron Paul, with some delegates. Both Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, who have both dropped out of the race, also received some delegates because their names were still on the ballot.
Voters also went to the polls in West Virginia, with 28 delegates at stake, but delegate results were not expected on election night.