Super Tuesday

4:05pm

Wed March 7, 2012
Money & Politics

Pro-Romney SuperPAC Spent Big On Super Tuesday

Originally published on Thu March 8, 2012 8:39 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigns at a town hall meeting in Bexley, Ohio, last month. Romney won Ohio by less than 1 percent in Tuesday's primary.
Gerald Herbert AP

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's six primary wins on Super Tuesday didn't come cheap. An NPR analysis shows that last week alone, the Romney campaign and the pro-Romney superPAC combined spent nearly $7 million on TV ads.

Less than $1 million of that was spent by Romney's official campaign, while the pro-Romney superPAC Restore Our Future — which has almost exclusively engaged in negative advertising this year — spent $5.7 million.

That's compared to $220,000 spent on ads last week by the superPAC supporting former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

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8:41am

Wed March 7, 2012
Election 2012

Next Question: Can Romney Win In The South?

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:58 am

Mitt Romney supporters share a pancake brunch in Snellville, Ga., on Sunday. Rival Newt Gingrich won the state on Super Tuesday, by about 22 percentage points.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Given his victories on Super Tuesday, there's growing talk that Republican officeholders and voters are just about ready to line up behind Mitt Romney as the party's "inevitable" presidential nominee.

The South hasn't gotten the memo.

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8:26am

Wed March 7, 2012
Politics

Super Tuesday Results And Speeches

Screencap of the Super Tuesday results map found at Google's Elections 2012 results page.
Google/AP

While it came down to the wire in OH, Mitt Romney was the winner in what was considered the big prize for Super Tuesday. 10 states held their primary events last night with Romney taking 6, Santorum 3, and Gingrich 1.

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5:26am

Wed March 7, 2012
The Two-Way

In Other Super Tuesday News: Joe The Plumber Wins; Kucinich Loses

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 5:28 am

Republican congressional candidate Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, talks with supporters in February.
Tony Dejak AP

Our friends at It's All Politics have started to digest the results of Super Tuesday. In a nutshell, it pretty much left us where we were before the 10 big contests: All four candidates are still in the race and the campaign will go on and on.

There were two non-presidential pieces of news from last night, too:

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2:37am

Wed March 7, 2012
It's All Politics

Fight For GOP Nomination Is Over But Will Still Go On

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 8:18 am

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney addressed supporters at a Super Tuesday rally in Boston on Tuesday. His home state was one of the six he won Tuesday night.
Jessica Rinaldi Reuters /Landov

As they counted up the votes on Super Tuesday, you could almost hear Celine Dion singing that theme song from Titanic — the one about how her heart and the whole tragic tale would go on.

And on.

So it is with this year's Republican presidential contest.

Usually by this time in the picture, the GOP has given its heart to its hero, and it's lights out for the rest of the cast. But once again this week, the GOP of 2012 refused to read the usual script.

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