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Romney wins Kentucky, Arkansas GOP primaries

Updated 9:45 p.m. —  Mitt Romney won the Kentucky and Arkansas Republican primaries on Tuesday, moving him closer to winning the delegates necessarily to formally secure the GOP presidential nomination. 

The Associated Press projected Romney as the winner in Kentucky earlier in the evening on Tuesday. The AP also called the Arkansas primary for Romney.

A total of 75 delegates were up for grabs in the two contests. Romney had won 1,055 of the 1,144 delegates he needed to secure the nomination with his wins in Arkansas and Kentucky.