‘Super Tuesday’ Voters
Make Mark on US Republican Presidential Race
March 6, 2012
Voters in 10 U.S. states are going to the polls for “Super Tuesday”
nominating contests in the biggest day of voting yet in the race to
become the Republican Party's presidential nominee.
More than a third of the 1,144 delegates needed to win the Republican
nomination are up for grabs on Tuesday, which is more than all the
previous primaries and caucuses combined.
Front-runner Mitt Romney, who has won the last five states, hopes to use
the contests to establish himself as the inevitable nominee. His main
rival, social conservative Rick Santorum, is attempting to regain the
momentum that helped him win three states in one day in early February.
On Monday, Romney and Santorum campaigned for support in the closely
watched midwestern “battleground” state of Ohio, where the two are
locked in a tight race.
Ohio voters Tuesday expressed their backing of both Romney…
“I like the guy. He's not necessarily my favorite candidate on all
issues, but quite frankly, I think he's the most likely to be able to
beat Obama in the general election.”
“Essentially, I think he (Santorum) can beat (President Barack) Obama
and I think he's got the answer for the future of America.”
A new Quinnipiac University survey shows Romney, a former governor of
Massachusetts, has gained momentum since last week and now has 34
percent of likely Republican primary voters in Ohio, three points ahead
of former Pennsylvania senator Santorum, who led in Ohio late last
Tuesday's contests will move Republicans closer to selecting their
candidate to face President Barack Obama, a Democrat, in the November
Georgia, Massachusetts, Vermont, Virginia, Oklahoma and Tennessee are
the other states holding primaries on Tuesday. There are caucuses in
Idaho, North Dakota and Alaska.
other two candidates vying for the Republican nomination are former
House of Representatives speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Congressman Ron
Gingrich campaigned Monday in Tennessee and is confident of a win in
Georgia, the state he represented in Congress for two decades and where
polls show he has a large lead.
Paul, who has yet to win a nominating contest, hopes to do well in
Alaska, Idaho and North Dakota.
Romney is expected to do well in Massachusetts, where he served as
governor from 2003 to 2007, and in the neighboring state of Vermont, as
well as in Virginia, where only he and Paul are on the ballot.
Meanwhile, President Obama, whose approval ratings have gradually been
improving, hopes to gain attention on Tuesday with an afternoon news