In a teeter-totter of an Ohio state primary, Mitt Romney edged ahead of a "resurgent" Rick Santorum for that state's Republican nomination for president, with 38 percent of the vote to Santorum's 37%. The drawn-out election count had tweeters pointing at the clock and speculating on the possibility of a recount.
Romney led in early returns, was surpassed by Santorum midway through Tuesday night, and crept back into the lead; around 12:30 EST this morning, The Associated Press and CNN declared Romney the winner. But his win is still so narrow that The New York Times was still calling it an "apparent" victory this morning -- and Ohio elected official (and BlogHer Contributing Editor) Jill Miller Zimon wasn't the only one tweeting the word "Florida" last night.
Romney claimed clear Super Tuesday wins in Massachusetts, Virginia, Vermont, Idaho, and Alaska, while Santorum took Oklahoma, North Dakota, and Tennessee. Romney is also leading in Wyoming, which is in the middle of a multiday caucus. Gingrich won his home state of Georgia; Ron Paul did not take a state, but did pick up a larger-than-expected 40% of the vote in Virginia, where he and Romney were the only two candidates on the ballot.
Romney now has 415 delegates. Santorum has 176, Gingrich has 105, and Paul trails with 46. A candidate needs 1,144 delegates to win the Republican nomination for president. (That's right: We're not even halfway through.)
Here, some of my favorite #supertuesday tweets:RESULTS AND SPEECHES
GOP Super-Tuesday: "You win a state! You win a state! And you win a state! EVERYBODY WINS A STATE!"
twitter feed tonight demonstrates just how bitterly divided conservatives are.
Wish Santorum would either wrap this up or get his mom a chair.
Newt is the Tortoise is this race. Um yeah, Slow and Steady wins the racist
So, The Brain was based on Newt, right? "Same thing we do every night, Pinky. Try to take over the world." ow.ly/i/uLBc
Gov Romney has started trying to appeal to small donors. The good thing for Mitt is that, from his perspective, everybody is a small donor.
She is the only one to mention it.. oooo go ann go.. she is his biggest asset, maybe the wrong Romney is running ! #supertuesday
I'm calling Alaska for Putin!#SuperTuesday
OH, OH, OHIO!
Dear Ohio: Please hurry
Just sitting, refreshing the election board's website.
Ohio better get their votes right. I don't want a bullshit repeat of Iowa. That is completely unfair.
If Santorum hadn't lost unmarried women to Romney 45-28, he'd have carried Ohio. No wonder Rush rails v. single women.
OH is showing Santorum's organizational weakness, and showing Romney's plain and simple weakness. God help us.
AT THE POLLS
Super Tuesday!!!I love election day! thank you @MittRomney for caring enough to get on the ballot in Virginia, you've got my vote!
Having email exchange w/my 18yo 1st time voting child re: what do you do once you get there, can you leave a race blank & so on #ohprimary
Palin on Super Tuesday: "I voted for the cheerful one. For Newt Gingrich because I believe that he's spot on on his energy policy"
Did Palin just call @newtgingrich the "cheerful" one???!!! omg this just gets more and more hysterical
zzzzzzzzzzzz is it november yet so I can go into mourning #SuperTuesday
"The organization will be there, the enthusiasm will be there for that GOP nominee." - @sarahpalinusa
Alabama and Mississippi, here we come.
Q. What impact will Latinas have come election time since women's birth control issue has come to the forefront of these primaries? #latism
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