MANCHESTER, NH (CBS/AP) — Mitt Romney is celebrating primary wins in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York.
The five primaries are the first since Rick Santorum suspended his presidential campaign two weeks ago — essentially conceding the GOP nomination to Romney.
Romney addressed supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire Tuesday night.
“Hold on a little longer,” Romney said. “A better America begins tonight.”
“Tonight is the beginning of the end of the disappointment of the Obama years and the start of a new and better chapter that we will write together.”
Romney started the day with 698 delegates — about 400 short of the number he needs to formally gain the nomination this summer at the Republican National Convention. There are 209 delegates at stake in Tuesday’s five primaries.
“Four years ago Barack Obama dazzled us in front of Greek columns with sweeping promises of hope and change,” said Romney. “But after we came down to earth, after the celebration and parades, what do we have to show for three and a half years of President Obama?
“Is it easier to make ends meet? Is it easier to sell your home or buy a new one? Have you saved what you needed for retirement? Are you making more in your job? Do you have a better chance to get a better job? Do you pay less at the pump?”
WBZ ‘s Bernice Corpuz and Karen Anderson contributed to this report.
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