Romney and Santorum win big on Super Tuesday

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Although Santorum did not win the primary in this state, he came close with 37 percent of the vote. Mitt Romney only beating him by one percentage point. The race was too close to call until late in the evening.

“We have won in the West, the Midwest and the South and we’re ready to win across this country,” Santorum said to his supporters in Ohio late Tuesday night.

From the start, many political analysts said that Ohio would be the tightest race of the day, but nine other states were up for grabs. A total of 437 delegates were there for the taking and there was no conclusive winner for the day in the end.

Romney, the frontrunner who has seen a lack of attention lately, won six states: Virginia, Idaho, Alaska, Vermont, Ohio, and Massachusetts. He earned 232 delegates overall on Tuesday.

Rick Santorum who only won three states still did very well in getting delegates. By winning North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee, he managed to get 129 delegates on Tuesday.
Gingrich, who in the month of February saw a momentum building, has spent the last two weeks in the background. Winning only Georgia on Tuesday, Gingrich only received 76 delegates.

Ron Paul, libertarian turned republican, walked away from Super Tuesday with nothing to show for his campaign. Winning zero delegates on Tuesday and not winning many races overall, Paul stands with a total of 47 delegates for the entire campaign thus far. Many people are starting to question if he has a shot at winning, and if so, would it be possible to compete with President Barack Obama on the democratic ticket in November.

Ron Paul does not seem to be slowing down. He has publicly said that his chances are slim in winning the nomination, but pushes forward to spread his ideas around the nation.

“While other candidates are focused solely on the beauty contests to get the headlines, we’re undertaking a comprehensive strategy that I am confident can lead to the nomination,” Paul said in a statement released Monday.

The primary races leading up to the nomination for the party is all about getting delegates. A candidate needs 1,144 total delegates for the nomination. Romney currently has 415; follow by Santorum with 176, Gingrich with 105, and Paul with just 47.

Super Tuesday proved to be a good day for Romney and Santorum. The next primary will take place in Kansas and Wyoming on March 10 where 69 more delegates will be up for grabs.

On April 24, the candidates head our way to fight in our state. Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware all combined make up 231 delegates. It will be a big day and finally Pennsylvanians alike will be able to have their voice be heard.

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