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Romney claims GOP title after Texas primary win

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It's about as official as it gets, without actually being official. Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney likely secured the Republican nomination and will face President Barack Obama in the November general election after winning yesterday's Texas primary, according to multiple media outlets.

The victory pushed Romney over the 1,144 delegate mark needed to claim the GOP nomination. Romney, the frontrunner and only legitimate candidate still campaigning on the GOP side, will look to shore up support from his party's base and choose his vice president in the coming weeks.

“I am honored that Americans across the country have given their support to my candidacy and I am humbled to have won enough delegates to become the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee,” Romney said in a statement released after last night's Texas primary.

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Gay vs. gay-friendly races shape up for Ga. House

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State Reps. Rashad Taylor and Pat Gardner face off in the Democratic primary for the newly redrawn District 57 — and the results are likely to be painful to LGBT voters.

Political districts are redrawn every decade to reflect population changes. Republicans control the Georgia legislature, and thus controlled redistricting after the 2010 Census.

The entire General Assembly is up for election this year, and two of Georgia’s four openly gay state lawmakers were drawn into districts pitting two Democratic incumbents against each other.

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Mitt Romney’s Super Tuesday

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Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney claimed six of yesterday's 11 primaries to come away the evening's big winner.

Romney won a majority vote in Alaska, Idaho, Ohio, Virginia, Massachuettes and Vermont. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum claimed the top spot in North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Voters here in Georgia decidedly chose former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who claimed nearly half of all the GOP's primary ballots cast in his home state.

Romney finished second in Georgia, with 25.9 percent of the votes cast. Santorum finished third with 19.6 percent and Libertarian-leaning Congressman Ron Paul (R-Tx.) finished fourth with a mere 6.5 percent of the total, according to the Associated Press.

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Super depressing Tuesday

March 6 is so-called Super Tuesday, when voters in Georgia and nine other states will go to the polls for the Presidential Preference Primary. With President Barack Obama unchallenged for the Democratic nomination, this year the only “preference” for LGBT voters may be which Republican demagogue we prefer to have bash us all the way to November.

To be certain, the GOP has never been exactly friendly to LGBT rights — especially on the national level, where pandering to the social conservative base overshadows the good intentions of more moderate Republicans.

Still, it’s hard to recall a year when the Republican presidential field has been so uniformly and vocally hostile on gay issues. A recent GA Voice cover story by writer Ryan Lee and political cartoonist Mike Ritter panned the candidates as a circus, but their shenanigans grow less entertaining every day.