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Romney takes Ohio lead

Published by Tim McNulty on .

11:13 PM

Romney is leading Santorum by a half a percentage point in Ohio with 88% of the precincts in but CNN, NBC and other outlets are saying they may not be able to call the race until tomorrow. Why? Urban/suburban  counties like Stark, Medina, Delaware and Cuyahoga still haven't fully reported.

A recount is triggered in the state if the final difference is less than .25%.

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Ohio tied with 84% in

Published by Tim McNulty on .

10:43 PM

Mitt Romney has closed the gap with Rick Santorum for the first time since just after the Ohio polls closed -- they are tied at 37% but Santorum has 2,000 more votes, with 84% reporting.

UPDATE: Cincinnati is going to win this for Romney

From CNN: 10:47 p.m. ET - @deirdrewalshcnn: Just in Updated #s in Hamilton county oh Romney 38116 (48.98) Santorum 22785 (29.28)

And Mahoning and Trumbull counties -- along the Western Pa border -- may have lost it for Santorum. They're the only two on the border Santorum lost (or was losing, we should say).

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A deep Santorum win in Tenn.

Published by Tim McNulty on .

Santorum cleaned up in Tennessee. Here's the lead on the Nashville Tennessean's story:

Rick Santorum has won the Tennessee Republican Party primary.

With more than 80 percent of precincts reporting statewide, Santorum led Mitt Romney by 42,643 votes, according to the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office. Santorum led in most counties, though he trailed Romney in Davidson County and Williamson County.

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Santorum takes N.D.

Published by Tim McNulty on .

10:15 PM

Sure enough, Rick Santorum has won his third state of the night, North Dakota.

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Still close in Ohio

Published by Tim McNulty on .

10:02 PM

By the end of Mitt Romney's just finished speech, he had pulled to within 1 point of Rick Santorum again in Ohio.

Santorum is crushing meanwhile in North Dakota.