Romney Biggest Winner in Super Tuesday Split Decision

BY News Desk  March 7, 2012 at 1:23 AM EDT


Mitt and Ann Romney in Boston on Tuesday night. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney squeaked out a win Tuesday night against former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum in Ohio — a state that once again lived up to its battleground reputation.

As expected, Romney carried his home state of Massachusetts, as did former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in Georgia — his only win of the night. Gingrich said he was outspent by Romney.

Romney also took Idaho, Virginia and Vermont. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — this campaign is about saving the soul of America,” he told cheering fans in Boston.

Santorum, meanwhile, racked up wins in North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee. “We have won in the West, the Midwest and the South. We are ready to win across this country,” he said, referencing his other primary victories.

Ron Paul made a strong showing in Virginia, where he was the only challenger to Romney on the ballot, winning 40 percent of the vote to Romney’s 60 percent. Paul also placed second in Idaho, North Dakota and Vermont.

In general, voter turnout was very low in all 10 primary and caucus states on Super Tuesday, showing a lack of enthusiasm within the Republican Party for their candidates, which the Democrats will jump on, said Christina Bellantoni, the NewsHour’s politics editor.

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