Romney Wins Neb., Ore., Campaigns in Iowa

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Victories in Nebraska and Oregon Tuesday moved Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney closer to the total number of delegates needed to be his party's nominee.

With Nebraska's 32 delegates and Oregon's 25 delegates, Romney needs 118 more to reach the 1,144 delegates needed to challenge President Obama in November.

Campaigning in Iowa on Tuesday, Romney said Obama had brought the country to "a financial crisis of both debt and spending that threaten what it means to be an American," the LA Times reported.

Obama clinched the Hawkeye State in the 2008 race, but Gov. Terry Branstad predicted that's not likely this time around. With only six delegates, Iowa is one of the swing states that together can influence the winner in November. 

"Iowans launched Obama," Branstad said. "We intend to sink him."

"He misled us. He basically lied to us," the governor continued. "He promised he was going to be a unifier and he would work together across party lines. He's done just the opposite."

Obama's stance on same-sex marriage may prove detrimental in Iowa, which voted out three state Supreme Court justices in 2010 for legalizing gay marriage.

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