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Santorum, Romney duel in Ohio, split other states

March 7, 2012 • National News


Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney addresses supporters at his Super Tuesday campaign rally in Boston, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney split six states and dueled for supremacy in Ohio on a Super Tuesday that stretched from one end of the country to the other in the most turbulent Republican presidential race in a generation.

Santorum’s broke through in primaries in Oklahoma and Tennessee and in the North Dakota caucuses. Romney had a home-state win in Massachusetts to go with victories in Vermont and Virginia.

Ohio was the marquee matchup of the night, a second industrial state showdown in as many weeks for the two rivals. Of all the Super Tuesday states, it drew the most campaigning and television advertisements, and for good reason— no Republican has ever won the White House without carrying the state in the fall.

With votes tallied in 77 percent of the state’s precincts, Santorum was winning 38 percent of the vote to 37 for Romney, 15 percent for Newt Gingrich and 9 percent for Ron Paul.

Gingrich had a victory in his column – his first win in more than six weeks. He triumphed at home in Georgia, but had to share the delegates.

Paul pinned his hopes on Idaho and Alaska as he scratched for his first victory of the campaign season.

Whatever the outcome in Ohio, Romney was on track to pad his lead in the hunt for delegates to the Republican National Convention. Not surprisingly, he focused on the delegate chase.

“This is a process of gathering enough delegates to become the nominee, and I think we’re on track to have that happen,” he told reporters as he arrived home in Massachusetts to vote in the primary.

Later, he told supporters, “I’m going to get this nomination.”

Yet Santorum’s multiple victories, coupled with Gingrich’s win, provided fresh evidence that Romney’s conservative rivals retain the ability to outpoll him in certain parts of the country despite his huge organizational and Login to read more

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