Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has won Wyoming's county conventions in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, the Associated Press reported Saturday.
The Wyoming win gives him additional delegates in the race to be the first Republican candidate to garner 1144 of 2286 delegates needed to become the party's choice to run against President Obama in November. Just 12 delegates were at stake in Wyoming, and Romney won at least six, his campaign said.
Romney also won a number of delegates in weekend island contests, including the Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam.
Rival Rick Santorum took the most delegates in a single race on Saturday when he won 33 delegates Kansas, though the former Pennsylvania senator remains behind front-runner Romney. And Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul noted that the cumulative total of the small contests amounted to more delegates for Romney than for Santorum.
The Romney campaign said it won a total of 38 delegates Saturday, including seven in Kansas, and 25 in the three island races. The AP reported that Santorum won at least three delegates in Wyoming, which would bring his Saturday total to 36.
There were 15 county conventions in Wyoming Saturday to pick six convention delegates to add to another half dozen that had been chosen in recent days, the AP reported.
Next up on the calendar are Alabama and Mississippi, where Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are fighting to be the conservative alternative to Romney.