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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney officially wrapped up the Republican presidential delegate race Tuesday night by winning the Texas primary. The result was a foregone conclusion after all other candidates except Rep. Ron Paul withdrew from the race, but it still marks a milestone for Romney's campaign. Here's what he had to say, in a statement:
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. Our party has come together with the goal of putting the failures of the last 3½ 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 November 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.
Not surprisingly, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, had a somewhat different take:
Tonight, after six years of trying and millions of dollars spent, and after a year of tepid support against one of the weakest fields in history, Mitt Romney has finally secured enough delegates to become the Republican Party's presidential nominee. Romney may have finally gained enough delegates to become the nominee, but what's been truly remarkable about his path to the nomination is how much damage he's left in his wake as he enters the general election.
And so it goes.
If you think a 20% tip at a restaurant is extravagant, Greg Rubar has news for you. Rubar, a waiter at D'Amicos Italian Cafe in Houston, Texas, received a gratuity over the weekend that works out to - are you sitting down? - more than 18,000 percent, CNN affiliate KTRK reports. "I'm just humbled by it, that's all," Rubar said of the tip that could pay for a nice used car. A Fiat, perhaps.
While we're in Texas, check out CNN affiliate WFAA's story of a Texas mother who lost all of her limbs to an infection shortly after giving birth. She and doctors hope to try a double arm transplant, but she understands what that will mean for another family.
A massive hail storm struck Oklahoma City on Tuesday night. CNN iReporter Jeremy Battle ventured out onto his porch and shot video of the bombardment.
"As the storm approached, rain began to hit and then the hail picked up," he said. "I was expecting no more than golf ball size hail, and as the hail intensified to 3-inch (near baseball size) hail, I begin to shout, 'Oh my goodness!' because I have never seen hail hit that size, firsthand. I had to keep my back against my front door to prevent any hail from hitting myself directly. It was an experience I will never forget."
How much fun is it, really, to fly coach? Judging by Thom Patterson's story about comfort in the air and readers' responses to the piece, not much. For example:
When people pull on my seat to get up on airplanes I always just casually get up a few minutes after they return to their seat, slowly walk past their seat, and just let one go. Crop dusting is always a safe and reliable form of retaliation on airplanes.
Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, will return to the White House on Thursday for the hanging of his official portrait. "They are looking forward to seeing a lot of their friends from the administration and they are grateful to the president and first lady for their hospitality," Bush spokesman Freddy Ford told CNN.
Anniversaries: On May 31, 1889, more than 2,000 people were killed in a flood in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, after heavy rains cause the dam above the town to collapse. In 2003, serial bomber Eric Robert Rudolph was captured in North Carolina. In 2009, abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was shot to death in a church in Wichita, Kansas.
Thursday birthdays: actor/musician/filmmaker Clint Eastwood, 82; folk singer Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary), 74; model/actress Brooke Shields, 47; actor Colin Farrell, 36.