Mitt Romney credited his messages of being able to create stronger economy and a smaller government for his win in Puerto Rico over the weekend.
He said the platforms “most represents their feelings.” Further, he said his party can appeal to Latinos with a low-tax, pro-business message.
“Those people who don't think that Latinos will vote for a Republican need to take a look in Puerto Rico,” Romney said. “Hispanic voters are going to vote for Republicans if we stand for something -- conservative principles that bring growth and good jobs and rising home values. That's how we're going to win, and we're going to get Latino voters to help us out.”
Romney received more than 80% of the vote in the territory's Republican primary Sunday, while Rick Santorum was a distant second, with 8% of the vote. The other two candidates, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, received 2% and 1% of the vote respectively.
The Romney win comes as Santorum, who had been on a hot streak as of late, indicated that his platform may focus on things other than the economy. While Romney had picked up the endorsement of Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno, Santorum struggled to explain his comment that the island territory's path to statehood would require it to adopt English as the "main language."
All candidates are now vying for delegates in Illinois and Louisiana, which holds their races Tuesday and Saturday respectively.