Mitt Romney won caucuses in Hawaii and American Samoa on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported, increasing his delegate count and perhaps taking some of the sting out of his third-place finish in both Alabama and Mississippi.
While the focus was on Rick Santorum, who won both southern states, Romney captured at least 31 delegates in Tuesday's contests and Santorum secured at least 29.
That brings Romney’s total count to 485 delegates, compared to 246 for Santorum; 131 for Newt Gingrich; and 47 for Rep. Ron Paul, the Associated Press reported. It takes 1,144 delegates to win the nomination.
"I am pleased that we will be increasing our delegate count in a very substantial way after tonight,” Romney said in a statement on Tuesday.