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Santorum sweating Ga

Published by Tim McNulty on .

7:37 PM

From Nate Silver at the NYT:

Georgia rules require that a candidate get at least 20 percent of the vote statewide to get proportional delegates there. (The candidate is still eligible for Congressional district delegates even if he does not meet this threshold.)

Exit polls project that this could be a close call for Mr. Santorum; they had him tracking to almost exactly 20 percent of the vote in Georgia. He is doing slightly better than that in the actual vote count so far, with 26 percent of the vote, but most of the few precincts that have reported so far are from south and central Georgia and are likely to be stronger for Mr. Santorum than the Atlanta area.

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CNN exit: Romney leads in OH by 4

Published by Tim McNulty on .

7:31 PM

CNN exit poll of Ohio has: Romney 40%, Santorum 36%, Gingrich 12%, Paul 11%.

Partisans say Romney has momentum and general election abilities on his side; Santorum side says money and lack of organization hurt them.

UPDATE: But . . . also from CNN:

7:26 p.m. ET - According to Ohio exit polling, 32% of voters said Santorum best understands America's problems, followed by Romney with 23%, Paul with 19% and Gingrich with 18%. Forty-three percent of voters said defeating Obama in the fall is the most important candidate quality.

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Romney takes Va, eventually

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7:20 PM

It took until now to call Virginia for Mitt Romney, even though the GOP frontrunner only faces Ron Paul on the ballot there. He's up 60-40% with 6% of the vote in, but may still take all the delegates there.

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Team Santorum: we're MacGyver

Published by Tim McNulty on .

7:15PM

Now it's Newt Gingrich's turn to beat up on Rick Santorum. After tonight's results the Santorum campaign "is going to collapse," the Gingrich team anonymously tells CNN from Georgia.

Santorum team says they're the unkillable "MacGyver" campaign, but Anderson Cooper notes eventually that show got cancelled.

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Santorum: all the way to Tampa

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From CNN:

Steubenville, Ohio (CNN) - In another signal the battle for the GOP nomination won't end on Super Tuesday, a spokesman for Rick Santorum said the former Pennsylvania senator is prepared to fight all the way to the Republican convention.

"If we all go to the convention with a certain amount of delegates and we have to figure something out at the convention so be it," Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley told reporters at the campaign's Super Tuesday party headquarters.