AUSTIN, Texas, May 29 (UPI) -- Texas primary voters awarded Mitt Romney enough delegates Tuesday to clinch the Republican presidential nomination, election returns indicated.
Romney, the only Republican candidate still actively campaigning, was between 79 and 107 votes shy of the 1,144 delegates he will need at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., the week of Aug. 27. CNN projected he easily won enough of the delegates at stake Tuesday to clinch the nomination.
Texas has 155 convention delegates overall but only 152 were in play Tuesday.
"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 prepared statement. "Our party has come together with the goal of putting the failures of the last 3 1/2 years behind us. I have no illusions about the difficulties of the task before us. But whatever challenges lie ahead, we will settle for nothing less than getting America back on the path to full employment and prosperity. On Nov. 6, I am confident that we will unite as a country and begin the hard work of fulfilling the American promise and restoring our country to greatness."
President Barack Obama wrapped up the Democratic Party nomination April 3, CNN said.
Romney appears with 'birther' Trump
LAS VEGAS, May 29 (UPI) -- Mitt Romney appeared Tuesday night at a fundraiser in Las Vegas with Donald Trump, who continues to challenge President Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship.
On the day Romney was projected the winner of the Texas Republican primary and that he would collect enough delegates to clinch the GOP presidential nomination, The New York Times reported Trump, the real estate magnate and reality TV star, showed no sign of backing off from his "birther" theory that Obama was not born in Hawaii in 1961.
"Nothing changes my mind," Trump said on CNBC Tuesday, repeating his doubts about the president's Hawaiian birth certificate. "I walk down the street and people are screaming, 'Please don't give that up.'"
During an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer Tuesday, Trump said "a lot of people do not think it was an authentic certificate," but when asked who he was talking about he declined to give any names.
When Blitzer brought up newspaper announcements of Obama's birth in 1961 in Hawaii, Trump said, "Can you stop defending Obama?"
"Donald, you're beginning to sound a little ridiculous, I have to tell you," Blitzer said.
"You are, Wolf," Trump responded. "Let me tell you something, I think you sound ridiculous."
Romney was asked Monday night if he had reconsidered campaigning with Trump, CBS News reported.
"You know, I don't agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don't all agree with everything I believe in," the former Massachusetts governor said. "But I need to get 50.1 percent or more, and I'm appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people."
The Obama campaign released a Web ad showing Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as a Republican presidential candidate, discrediting myths about Obama and calling on Romney to do the same.
The ad shows parts of Trump interviews in which he questions Obama's birthplace.
NBC News reported video recording was not permitted at the Las Vegas event Tuesday, which was expected to bring in about $2 million for the Romney campaign.
U.S. holds line on Syria
WASHINGTON, May 29 (UPI) -- Other than booting out Syria's diplomats, the Obama administration's top spokesman Tuesday offered no new U.S. tactics for ending the bloodshed in Syria.
White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters at his daily press briefing the administration would continue its strategy of talking to officials from other nations and the U.N. Security Council to come up with ways to pressure President Bashar Assad to end his military's assault on the Syrian citizenry and step down from power so a transition to democracy can occur.
Carney called the weekend massacre in Syria, in which dozens of women and children died, "a horrifying testament to this regime's depravity." The United States was one of 10 countries that ordered Syrian diplomats to return to Damascus.
"The international community is united in its revulsion at the regime's actions through both its military and its thug forces, and we are ratcheting up the pressure on and isolation of this murderous regime," Carney said.
But when asked what "ratcheting up the pressure" would entail, Carney was unable to provide reporters with specifics, saying he doesn't want to "get ahead of the consultations" with allies and the Security Council "to consider punitive measures against Assad."
As the administration has said previously, Carney intoned that "military action is always an option," though he added that "would lead to greater chaos, greater carnage."
"We do not believe that militarization, further militarization of the situation in Syria at this point is the right course of action," Carney said.
President Barack Obama's press secretary said the administration believes "there is a desire among some of the members of the Assad regime to defect" and is encouraging them do so.
Carney said the administration continues to back former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's efforts to broker an end to the violence.
Asked if Obama's policy in Syria is a success, a failure or yet to be determined, Carney said the situation in the Middle Eastern country "continues to evolve" and "is far from what we or any nation that cares about the people of Syria hopes it will become."
"As for assessments of that policy, I think we'll leave that for others to make," he said.
"Our position now is to provide non-lethal assistance, to provide humanitarian assistance, and to work with our allies and partners to further pressure and isolate the Assad regime," Carney said.
Edwards jury: No verdict after 7th day
GREENSBORO, N.C., May 29 (UPI) -- Jurors in the corruption trial of former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., concluded their seventh day of deliberation in Greensboro without reaching a verdict.
Jurors began deliberating a week ago and have reviewed all exhibits in the case, CNN reported. The jury was called into a closed-door session Tuesday with Judge Catherine Eagles, who then admonished them in an open court session to be careful what they say and not to discuss the case outside of court or in small groups among themselves, ABC News reported.
As she entered the courtroom at one point during the afternoon, the judge said, "The jury has sent a note that they've reached..."
As those in the courtroom listened for the rest of the announcement, Eagles said: "a good stopping point" -- getting a laugh. However, the judge subsequently apologized for the joke, ABC reported.
Edwards is charged with accepting illegal campaign contributions, conspiracy to receive and conceal the contributions and falsifying documents, which carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine.
Prosecutors accuse Edwards of "knowingly and willingly" accepting nearly $1 million from a pair of donors to conceal his affair with Rielle Hunter and her pregnancy during the 2008 presidential campaign. He is accused of then hiding the donations by filing false or misleading campaign disclosure reports.
Edwards' defense argued he was guilty of no more than infidelity to his wife Elizabeth, who died two years ago.
Neither Edwards nor Hunter testified during the trial.