Romney Projected Winner in Ohio

BY News Desk  March 7, 2012 at 12:39 AM EST

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GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, talk to members of the press on his campaign’s plane Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney pulled out a narrow victory in Ohio over former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, The Associated Press projected early Wednesday.

Early polls in Ohio had put the two GOP candidates neck-and-neck. Both campaigned in the state on Tuesday as Romney tried to solidify his lead over the more conservative Santorum, who has emerged as his strongest rival.

Santorum, who was outspent by Romney in Ohio and weathered an onslaught of negative advertising from the front-runner’s supporters, has vowed to continue his campaign.

Among the 10 states voting this Super Tuesday, 419 delegates are up for grabs, according to the AP. It takes 1,144 to secure the GOP presidential nomination.