A CONFIDENT NEWT?
"For the third time, we're
going to come bouncing back. With your help by the end of next week, we could
really be in a totally new race." - Gingrich, predicting a third comeback to a crowd earlier
Tuesday in Alabama.
ECONOMY TRUMPS ALL
What are Republicans in today’s seven primary states seeking most in a candidate? Someone who can defeat President Barack Obama in November.
The seven states with primaries _ not caucuses _ represent a wide range of Republicans, from the most moderate in Vermont and Massachusetts to the most conservative and religious in Oklahoma and Tennessee.
- Connie Cass
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— 8 p.m.: Alaska.
— 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.: North Dakota.
— 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.: Idaho.
— 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.: Wyoming. Caucuses also will be held in some counties on Thursday and Saturday.
ANGRY IN OHIO
Early exit poll results from Ohio provide plenty of fodder for Republicans hoping to take back the White House from Barack Obama.
In Ohio, a pivotal state for the general election, nearly 8 in 10 GOP primary voters express unhappiness with the government. Four in 10 say they’re angry about it.
And practically all express worry about the economy.
HURRY UP AND WAIT - FOR DELEGATE COUNT
Even after tonight’s races have been called, it will take a while to sort out how many delegates each candidate has won.
That’s because most states base delegates on a candidate’s share of the statewide vote. And complicating things more, most delegates are based on vote totals in individual congressional districts. Those results often lag far behind statewide totals.
In states with counties that are split into multiple congressional districts, it could take days to assign votes to the proper district.
BIG NEWS FOR GINGRICH
He’s won on his home field of Georgia, the state he represented in Congress for two decades. Even Gingrich admitted that winning Georgia was vital to keeping his presidential bid alive. Gingrich hopes this is the start of a string of Southern successes that could revive his campaign.
He’s already started stumping in Alabama, which votes
- Connie Cass
ROMNEY WINS VIRGINIA
Romney has scored his first Super Tuesday win in Virginia. The race will pay off in delegates but doesn’t say a lot about Romney’s chances elsewhere. His only Virginia opponent was unconventional Republican Ron Paul. They were the only two with campaigns organized enough to meet the state’s tough ballot requirements.
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Mitt Romney has won his first two Super Tuesday states - but that isn’t stirring much excitement. He was considered a shoo-in in Vermont, a neighbor to Massachusetts, the state where Romney was governor. And thanks to Virginia’s tough ballot rules, his only competition there was from libertarian-leaning candidate Ron Paul.
THE WORD IN OHIO
Early exit poll results from Ohio show Santorum and Romney running about even among Ohioans who lack college degrees. Santorum’s been targeting those blue collar voters.
Santorum is winning strong support, however, from another group he looks to as a source of strength - the state’s most
conservative voters, especially those focused on issues like abortion.
- Alan Fram and Jennifer Agiesta
NO MORE GUARANTEES FOR ROMNEY
Romney has just bagged the last of three states he could safely count on winning tonight. As the state's former governor, his victory in Massachusetts was considered a foregone conclusion. Now it gets interesting, as we wait for results in the big battlegrounds of Tennessee, Oklahoma and especially Ohio.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich countered with a badly needed home-field win in Georgia, his home state.
Romney is dueling Rick Santorum in Ohio, the marquee matchup of the busiest night of the race.
The fourth contender, Ron Paul, is seeking success in caucus
states. Contests stretch across the country tonight, with more than 400
Republican National Convention delegates at stake. Read more.
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