Romney Wins Hawaii, American Samoa
Pacific wins soften blow from the South
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 14, 2012 1:28 AM CDT
Mitt Romney smiles to himself.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Mitt Romney has a double victory in the Pacific to soften the blow of Rick Santorum's dual wins in Alabama and Mississippi. He surfed to an easy win in Hawaii's Republican caucuses, taking 45% of the vote to Rick Santorum's 25%, and Ron Paul's 18%. Newt Gingrich, the only candidate who didn't have a son or daughter campaigning in the state over the last week, came last with 11%. The state's 17 delegates will be awarded proportionately.

Romney earlier won all nine of American Samoa's delegates. Just 70 Republicans met in the Toa Bar & Grill to select six delegates who, along with three super-delegates, committed to the candidate, reports AP. Romney last weekend grabbed all 18 delegates from Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Residents of those islands, as well as American Samoa, are US citizens, but aren't allowed to vote in the presidential election.