Mitt Romney was projected to claim victory in the Puerto Rico primary on Sunday, as he continues to lead the Republican race to face Barack Obama in presidential elections in November.
According to early results, US broadcasters CNN and NBC News called the race for Romney, as the State Elections Commission, CEEPR, gave him an 83 percent lead over his chief rival Rick Santorum, who came in with 8 percent support.
The third and fourth Republican candidates for the presidential race, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, were trailing the pair, each with less than 3 percent of the vote.
Romney was expected to win over all 20 Republican delegates on the island-territory in his bid to obtain the 1,144 delegates needed nationwide to win the nomination race.
On Tuesday, all eyes will be on Illinois, where 54 delegates are at stake and polls show Romney and Santorum in a tight race.
dfm/ccp (AP, AFP, Reuters)