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6th March
2012
written by Sean Noble

[This post will be updated as the night goes on]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is going to be a big day for Mitt Romney.  He will win Ohio, Virginia, Idaho, Massachusetts and Vermont.  He will come in second in Georgia, and thus will take a decent number of delegates out of that state.

At the end of the night, it will be clear that Romney is in the driver’s seat and the nomination is essentially his.  Newt Gingrich should do the honorable thing and drop out – having only one win tonight – and Rick Santorum should also drop out, recognizing that he has no chance of beating Obama.

 

[UPDATE 6:00 p.m.EST]

Exit polls show that Romney will win OH, VA, VT and MA.  Santorum will win TN and OK.  Gingrich will win GA, but be held below 50%, allowing Romney to get a decent chunk of delegates as the second place winner.

 

[UPDATE 8:30 p.m. EST]

Romney has been declared the winner in VA, VT and MA.  Gingrich has won GA, where Romney and Santorum are within a couple hundred votes vying for second place. Santorum has won Oklahoma.

Ohio polls are closed and with a mere 1% reporting, Romney leads Santorum by 3% – way too early to call.

 

[UPDATED 9:30 p.m. EST]

Santorum holds a nearly 4% lead over Romney in Ohio with 29% of precincts reporting.  This could get interesting.

Santorum has also won TN and it looks like he may win ND.

This night is far from over.

 

[UPDATE 10:10 p.m. EST]

Santorum remains in the lead in Ohio by less than 2% (about 10,000 votes) with about 55% reporting.  The good news for Romney is that there a lot of ballots to count in areas where he is strong.  Even if Santorum wins the statewide vote, Romney will gain a large number of delegates, since they are distributed by Congressional district.

So we continue to wait on Ohio.

 

[UPDATE 11:55 p.m. EST]

Mitt Romney appears to have squeaked out a win in Ohio. He won the population centers of Cleveland, Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati.  He has also won Idaho.  Huge night for Romney.  The nomination is effectively secured.

 

[UPDATE 1:00 a.m. EST]

Romney’s wins in OH, VA, VT, ID and MA along with delegate gains in GA, ND, OK and TN give him a total of 386 delegates to Santorum’s 156 and Gingrich’s 85.  Congratulations to Romney for securing the Republican nomination.

 

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1 Comment

  1. Tracy Walsh
    06/03/2012

    Dislike. Is most anyone better than Obama? Most definately yes. But, Romney’s not much better. He’ll only slow the train down, not turn it around. I doubt he’ll repeal Obamacare, he has no moral power to do so. He’ll get slammed on that in the general, and if he wins, he’ll continued to get slammed and made impotent on the issue by the Democrats and their media.

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