Super Tuesday brings mixed results
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By Suproteem Sarkar, Staff Reporter
As the race for the Republican nomination continues, voters from 10 states cast their ballots on March 6, the largest day of the primary season in terms of delegates.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won six states and 216 delegates, carrying Alaska, Idaho, Massachusetts, Vermont and Virginia, while former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum took three states and 80 delegates, winning North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich won in Georgia and received some delegates from states that are not winner-take-all, earning 72 delegates total. Texas Rep. Ron Paul, though he did not win any of the contests, earned 22 delegates.
Romney has also been projected to win the Wyoming caucus, with precincts scheduled to finish reporting by March 10.
Delegate projections from the Associated Press show Romney leading the race with 419 delegates. He is followed by Santorum (178 delegates), Gingrich (107) and Paul (47).
Gingrich and Santorum were not listed on ballots in Virginia as they did not obtain the 10,000 signatures necessary to take part in the primary.
Georgia, Gingrich’s home state, offered the highest amount of delegates in the race thus far. The state was swept by the former speaker, who won 47.2 percent of the vote. It was his first victory in the race after winning South Carolina on Jan. 21.
In Ohio, Romney defeated Santorum by 10,288 votes, a margin of 0.8 percent. News outlets did not project a winner until late Tuesday night.
On March 10, Guam, Kansas, and the Virgin Islands will hold caucuses for a total of 55 delegates. Following these contests, voters in Alabama, Hawaii and Mississippi will cast their ballots on March 13, with 110 delegates at stake.
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