Romney wins six out of 10 Super Tuesday states
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Romney wins six out of 10 Super Tuesday states

Mitt Romney chased a victory in key Ohio as he pocketed early "Super Tuesday" victories aiming to knock out rival Rick Santorum in the race to be the Republican presidential nominee. Yashwant Raj reports. Who won what

world Updated: Mar 08, 2012 01:44 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times
Steubenville,Ohio,Mitt Romney

With six of the Super Tuesday primaries in his bag, Mitt Romney might be finally getting into a position to force his party to give him the ticket to take on Barack Obama.

Romney picked up six of the 10 states that had their primaries/caucuses on Tuesday—Super Tuesday—including the tactically crucial swing state Ohio. Ohio was the big battle of the day.

It was to determine Romney’s fate, one way or the other. A defeat would have severely impaired his campaign, and a win would seal his position as the frontrunner. Only Rick Santorum stood in his way.

Romney’s victory in Ohio, though too narrow for comfort, will finally make him begin looking presidential, with Santorum close behind making it a two-man race. Former speaker Newt Gingrich picked up his home state Georgia but not as convincingly as Romney did his home state Massachusetts, winning there by a huge margin. Here is how the candidates fared: Romney picked up six states, Santorum three, Gingrich one and Ron Paul none.

In the Republican presidential race for 2012, primaries/caucuses have taken place in 22 states. Romney won in 13, Santorum seven and Gingrich two.

Along the way, the candidates pick up party delegates, who will formally decide the winner.

The party ticket will go to the candidate who gets to the magic number of 1,144. Romney leads the delegate count.

“Our campaign is on the move and the real change is finally on the way,” Romney said in Boston to cheering supporters in who were chanting “All the way”. But the other candidates are not dropping out.

Gingrich said, once again, he has resolved to go all the way, much as his party establishment may hate him for it, “I am the one candidate with the ability to debate Barack Obama decisively,” he said in a victory speech in Atlanta.

He went on to call himself a tortoise in a race against hares.

Ron Paul, the fourth candidate who has yet to pick up a single state, is hanging in there too, though no one gives him a realistic chance.

This, by the way, is his third run. Santorum, who thinks he can do much better in one-on-one battles with Romney, has been planning for exactly that eventuality believing Gingrich won’t last long.

Both Santorum and Gingrich have had trouble raising money. And would have dropped out if not for their respective millionaire backers, just one each.

First Published: Mar 07, 2012 08:16 IST