Here's her list of things to watch
• Ohio: The mother of all states where Romney and Santorum
are locked in a close race.
• Georgia: Do or die for Gingrich.
• Tennessee: Romney’s best chance to prove he can win in the
South, despite being a Mormon.
• Oklahoma: Santorum’s best shot at an outright Super Tuesday
• Massachusetts and Vermont: Romney, the former Massachusetts
governor, all but assured victory.
• Virginia: Only Romney and Paul on the ballot _ and the
latter is unlikely to win it.
• North Dakota: All have campaigned there, but who will win
this state’s small cache of delegates.
• Idaho: Mormons=Romney likely winner.
• Alaska: Paul’s best chance to win his first state.
For the four Republican candidates still standing, Super Tuesday is full of promise and peril. More than a third of the delegates needed to win the nomination are up for grabs today.
By tonight, Mitt Romney may silence his doubters. Or maybe Rick Santorum will prove he’s the real deal.
The stakes are high, too, for the candidates struggling to prove their relevancy: Newt Gingrich, who’s bagged only a single state so far, and Ron Paul, who hasn’t won anywhere yet.
Speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Santorum criticized the offer by the U.S. and other countries to resume talks with Iran. He called it "another appeasement, another delay, another opportunity for them to go forward while we talk."
Delegates needed for the nomination: 1,144
SHE DOESN’T MINCE WORDS
Former first lady Barbara Bush says this year’s presidential race is "the worst campaign I've ever seen."
"I hate the fact that people think compromise is a dirty word. It is not a dirty word," Mrs. Bush told a conference on first ladies in Dallas on Monday.
Super Tuesday is major news outside the U.S. too: it is leading some of the main international news organizations’ websites like the BBC and Al Jazeera English, but Deutsche Welle has it second, below the latest from Syria. On Iran’s state-run Press TV, it’s far down in the United Sates section; the top as you would expect is all US/Israel/Iran and Syria.
OBAMA: DEMOCRATS HAVE MESSAGE FOR WOMEN VOTERS
Obama acknowledges the importance of women in the general election, saying Democrats have a “better story” than Republicans to tell female voters.
--AP National Political Editor Liz Sidoti
Newt Gingrich is spending much of the day outside the Super
Tuesday zone. He’s campaigning for next week’s primary in Alabama, one of the
Southern states that Gingrich hopes can reboot his campaign.
He heads back to Atlanta, however, to hear tonight’s results from his home state of Georgia and nine other states.
- Connie Cass
The campaigns are moving in different directions as the end of voting nears: Rick Santorum's senior staff tells us they'll arrive in Steubenville, Ohio this afternoon, while Mitt Romney and his staff just went wheels up from the Columbus airport en route to Boston.
- Steve Peoples
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SO WHY IS THERE A SUPER TUESDAY, ANYWAY?
It was invented by moderate Southern Democrats seeking a bigger say in their party’s nominating contest.
That first Southern Super Tuesday in 1988 gave Tennessean Al Gore’s campaign a boost in a crowded field. But more liberal Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis ended up winning the nomination and losing the presidential race.
Super Tuesday worked out better for Bill Clinton of Arkansas
in 1992. Since then, the event’s lost much of its regional flare and its
numbers have gone up and down, as states joined in or dropped out.
- Connie Cass
WHAT DO SUPER TUESDAY VOTERS WANT?
Voters the AP talked to as they left churches, schools and rec centers across the Super Tuesday states drew a composite sketch of the sort of candidate they’d most like. He'd possess Mitt Romney's economic cred, Rick Santorum's heartfelt conservatism and Newt Gingrich's intellect.
Or, he would just be Ronald Reagan instead. Here's more.
-Ann Sanner and Calvin Woodward
Ron Paul is urging Idaho voters to caucus for him in the name of smaller government, bigger spending cuts, and liberty for all.
Paul rallied supporters in Nampa, Idaho, before flying off to North Dakota, another caucus site he hopes will make this a good night for his yet-to-win-a-state campaign.
- Rebecca Boone
10 STATES, 1 TOP PRIZE: OHIO
Their marathon race at a crossroads, Mitt Romney and rivals are battling across 10 states for more than 400 delegates - the busiest day of the GOP nomination campaign.
Ohio is the day's biggest prize in political significance, a heavily populated industrial state that tests Rick Santorum's ability to challenge Romney in a traditional fall battleground. But Georgia, Newt Gingrich's home political field, boasts the most delegates at stake: 76.
The other primaries: Tennessee, Oklahoma, Vermont, Massachusetts and Virginia. Caucuses in North Dakota, Idaho and Alaska round out the night. Read more.
-AP Special Correspondent David Espo
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