WASHINGTON, April 4 (BSS/AFP) - Republican Mitt Romney pulled off a stunning hat- trick Tuesday, winning the Wisconsin presidential primary on top of victories in Maryland and the capital Washington, US media projected.
CNN, Fox News and the CBS network all called Wisconsin for Romney, shortly after the polls closed there, as he seeks to consolidate his front-runner status in the race to be the Republican contender in the November elections.
With some 14 percent of the vote counted in Wisconsin, Romney was seen to be narrowly ahead on 41 percent with his closest rival former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum on 40 percent.
Trailing in third place was Texas congressman Ron Paul on 11
percent, followed by former House speaker Newt Gingrich on six percent.