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GOP all over the Super Tuesday Map

Updated on March 7, 2012

Going into the anticipated long night, Mitt Romney was assured to walk away with at least half of the 424 delegates on Super Tuesday; the pivotal momentum races to watch were in Ohio and Tennessee. A Romney win in both should lock up the nomination for the presumptive favorite. As it turned out, the electorate was all over the map.

Georgia, with its 76 delegates at stake went expectantly to Newt Gingrich. The Gingrich strategy is to continue his popularity in the south. In his acceptance speech in Atlanta, Newt reinforced his viewpoint of the $2.50 a gallon gasoline. He announced his plans to resume his quest for the Republican nomination heading into Alabama, Mississippi, and Kansas.

Rick Santorum gave his acceptance speech in Steubenville Ohio. In a State race too close to call at the time of the speech, he already put Tennessee and Oklahoma under his victory belt. Rural Rick won Tennessee with 55 delegates at stake and Oklahoma with its 40 delegates at stake, thus keeping his slim chances alive.

Mitt Romney gave his acceptance speech in Boston, Massachusetts. He won the expected states of Vermont, Massachusetts and Virginia. At the time of his speech, he trailed in the key state race in Ohio by 3 points. Vermont with its 17 delegates, Massachusetts has 38 delegates and Virginia with 46 delegates went into the win column for Mitt. He focused his attack on the economy of President Obama proclaiming the American people haven’t failed, the President failed.

By the end of his speech, the Ohio race was too close to call. With its 63 delegates and the Republican nomination at stake, he closed the gap to 1 point, a mere 10,000 votes. All the big money, negative ads, Super Pac influence and considerable ground forces could not close the deal for Romney…yet!

Political nerds following the vote ticker map online while watching television reveled in watching possible history being made; and the night did not disappoint. As the night wore on, the delegate math got more interesting as Santorum continued cutting a swath through the heartland of Middle America by winning North Dakota with its 28 delegates at stake.

At the 86 percentile of Ohio Congressional Districts reporting, Mitt Romney took the lead and began pulling from Rick Santorum. It was at this time, Romney added Idaho to his win list for the evening with it 32 delegates at stake. The question remains…Is a win still a win under these circumstances? Conventional wisdom confirms; “When Rover just doesn’t like the dog food, it goes uneaten.”

As the night wore on, the upcoming primary events of March may dictate posturing going forward. A Gingrich/Santorum grand bargain can make this a most interesting race entering the next leg of the southern primaries. The upcoming calendar of events is not Romney friendly with Alabama, Mississippi, Kansas, Illinois, Hawaii and Louisiana on the docket.

At the 96 percentile mark of reporting districts, Mitt Romney was declared the apparent winner of Ohio. This long hard fought battle continues to be the path for the Romney candidacy as the Republican Presidential nominee.

With only 8 ‘winner take all’ states left, delegate math become an issue for the Romney campaign to close this out before June. The calculators will be working through the night in the Romney camp.


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    • gjfalcone profile image

      gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks for expressing your viewpoint wba,

      A recent Pew Poll seems to support your experience.

      "Religion in the Super Tuesday Primaries."

      The upcoming leg of the Southern Primaries should be, shall we say, 'Enlightening'?

    • profile image 5 years ago from upstate, NY

      This primary race still troubles me! I had made peace with Romney being the candidate but now I'm worried again. I talk to alot of fellow christians and they have quite a hard time with a Morman candidate and many conservatives are suspicious of his past moderate views. I was under the opinion that he generally has christian values and a christian worldview and he's being unfairly cast as a moderate for views he held a long time ago. For instance, in the early 90's even many conservatives thought an individual mandate for health insurance would be a good alternative to Hilliary care!

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      gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      I look forward to reading it. I'm sure after I visit my Granddaughter in South Carolina all will be back to my normal. Thanks for your ear Michele and may God Bless Us, One and All.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you gfl, I did write a hub, but I think the name was not good, so I just changed it. It is about the Ohio primaries. I do hope you feel better. I love your hubs. I also pray a lot, but you know that.

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      gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      So glad you have weighed in Michele. You, as a resident of Ohio have your hand on the pulse with respect to the thought process of your fellow Ohioans. As a Christian woman, from a state I have a personal history with, I would love for you to expand your views via a hub, if you feel so inclined.

      Granted, I have been fighting my own personal demons of late, and I apologize for not acting in my typical engagement toward the Hubpages community.

      I have the utmost respect for the values of the Ohio community that took in my Mom after a tragic accident in her childhood, which left her without a mother. I remember visiting the state as a lad and recall feeling quite at home regarding their generous and caring heart.

      Thanks once again for your comments.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      This is a very good hub. Romney won Ohio by just about 10,000 votes in the entire state Or 1%. That is not very much. I am not sure he is another Dole or McCain. One thing is interesting about Ohio, I think it shows that Ohio is not made up of sheep. Ohio does swing from right to left from time to time. Ohio voters change their minds. A good way to do that, is to look at what the person who is running for office has done. That can be done on the internet, or call that person, write a letter with questions. There are many things people can do, they just need to take a little time to do them. Then they can decide who they want to vote for.

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      gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks for checking in ib radmasters

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      gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks for checking in Lawrence Da-vid

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      gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks for checking in Mtbailz

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      Mtbailz 5 years ago

      This year's RNC is going to be one to remember. Thanks for the synopsis of last night.

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      Lawrence Da-vid 5 years ago

      Not being a republican, democrat, or independent voter, I think I'd have a difficult time refering to Mr. President as "Mitt!"

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      ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California

      Romney now leads with 415 delegates – the number includes endorsements tallied by the Associated Press from members of the Republican Party who can support any candidate.

      In the same count, Santorum is in second with 176 delegates.

      Gingrich has 105, and Ron Paul has 47.

      Read more:

      There are 2,286 delegates to be chosen.A candidate must accumulate 1,144 delegate votes at the The Republican National Convention to win

      The point is that the media will now use all of their opinions and projections to shape the opinions of those voters that are yet to vote.

      The fact is that the US has the biggest population of sheep that vote in elections. These sheep are disguised as normal humans, until they get in the voting booth. In the booth, their hands automatically move to vote using the opinions of the media. That have relentlessly told them who the winner should be in the election.

      Sheep follow the leader, and the media shapes the leader with their opinions. There is nothing left to just reporting the news. The news is presented much like the sportscaster think tank on football games. As if the football fans cannot turn down the sound during the game and be able to understand the game as it plays out.

      The media does the same thing for the election candidates. The sheep instead of just listening to the candidates focusing on what they say, they opt to just listen to the sound bites presented to them by the media. These sound bites are accompanied by what you should think about the candidates.

      The media is the worst place to get information about the election and the candidates. Long ago it became evident that media projections during the election night affected voting on the three hour later west coast voting. People on the west coast didn't come out to vote as they should have been because the media already predicted a winner.

      California has over ten percent of the population of the entire country and yet the voters there were counted out by the media. The same thing is true in the primaries in that by the time CA votes, the media has already predicted the winner.

      The voting system needs to be changed to eliminate premature electionation. The connotation for electionation is not sexual, it means electing the candidates of the nation before all the votes are in.

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      gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      With a third party candidate thrown into the mix, anything can happen.

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      Attikos 5 years ago from East Cackalacky

      It can't be said Romney won Ohio in any but a superficial sense. He gets the delegates, but the paint-thin margin can't be reassuring to his campaign staff. His losses in the South continue unabated. He won Virginia because the only competitor on the ballot was Paul, giving him a another mere pseudovictory.

      Romney has no platform, or none that's taken credibly. His sole claim to the nomination is that he is the one retardican who can beat Obama and throw the demwits out of control in the senate. His inability to secure support from libertarians, social conservatives, fiscal reformers, and others who believe that limited government is essential to an American future undermines that core assumption. He looks increasingly like another Dole or McCain, an establishmentarian candidate nominated to keep the party pros in control even if that means throwing the election.

      Now and then, the retardicans kill their own opportunities by blowing off the political values they claim to represent. I think they're doing it again.