Make Final Pitches Before ‘Super Tuesday’
March 5, 2012
U.S. Republican presidential candidates are fanning out across a number
of key states as they try to rally support ahead of the so-called “Super
Tuesday” set of primaries and caucuses.
Voters in 10 states will take part in nominating contests as Republicans
move closer to selecting their candidate to face President Barack Obama,
a Democrat, in the November election.
Super Tuesday features a diverse set of states with 419 delegates at
stake — roughly equal to the total number number of delegates contested
so far. A candidate needs 1,144 delegates to secure the nomination.
Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are focusing their public events Monday to
the closely watched state of Ohio. Opinion polls there show Romney, a
former Massachusetts governor, and Santorum, a former U.S. senator from
Pennsylvania, in a virtual tie.
leads the delegate count so far, and has won five consecutive contests
heading into Tuesday.
Meanwhile, former House speaker Newt Gingrich is scheduled to continue a
string of national media appearances, while also holding events in
Oklahoma and Tennessee. Polls show Gingrich with a large lead in his
home state of Georgia.
Ron Paul, a congressman from Texas, is campaigning in Idaho, after
making stops Sunday in Alaska.
The other states taking part in Super Tuesday include Massachusetts,
North Dakota, Vermont and Virginia.