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Romney wins 5 states; sets sights on Obama

world Updated: Apr 26, 2012 02:18 IST

Mitt Romney has claimed the Republican nomination following a clean sweep of primaries in five states, turning his attention to the November general election to take on incumbent President Barack Obama with a promise for better America.

Romney rolled to easy double-digit victories in five Northeastern states Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island -with a combined 231 delegates. With a big lead in delegates and his nearest competitor out of the race, the former Massachusetts governor turned his full focus to the general election showdown with Obama.

"Hold on a little longer. A better America begins tonight," Romney said in his victory speech in Manchester.

"Tonight is the start of a new campaign to unite every American who knows that we can do better. The last few years have been the best that Barack Obama can do, but it's not the best America can do," he said.