Staying up late into Wednesday morning I witnessed the media watering down the victories by Mitt Romney. Romney would win a state. A network anchor would say he lost a couple counties. Santorum would win one. An analyst would launch a negative against Romney. Then as the night flowed, Romney would win another and another state.
Folks, clear the air and realize Mitt Romney was the clear victor for Super Tuesday. Romney won seven states. Ohio was the big win for Mitt. Other states include: Virginia, Vermont, Massachusetts, Idaho, Alaska and the under reported Wyoming caucuses. He finished a strong second or third in all other states-accumulating handfuls of delegates. He was successful in taking approximately 270 of the 419 delegates for the night. Romney now possesses 406 delegates overall. 1,144 delegates are required to win the nomination.
Santorum achieved three solid wins for Super Tuesday. Winning a southern trend with Oklahoma, Tennessee and a western-North Dakota. Santorum made a tremendous run for Ohio. The margin with the loss to Romney was only 1%. Polls indicated his support was dwindling late last week in Ohio. Santorum failed to properly file in 3 Ohio districts which hampered his delegate take. Santorum accumulated approximately 60 delegates for the night. His new overall delegate count is 165. Compared to Romney's 406.
Newt kept his head above water winning his old home state of Georgia. Newt actually slipped late at night in Georgia. He had 50% of the vote until the final votes were reported. Then, he slipped to 47% which meant he could not take all the delegates. Giving 12 more delegates to Romney and two to Santorum. That was about it for Newt for the night. He finished a distant third or fourth in all other states. He earned 47 delegates on Tuesday. Which brings his overall total to 106 delegates.
Ron Paul made a little news in Virginia, but overall Doctor Paul was on call for another win less evening. Ron was the only other candidate versus Romney on the Virginia ballot. (Both Gingrich and Santorum failed to submit the minimum petitions per Virginia law.) Early on the networks hesitated to make the call in Virginia. The initial returns showed Ron Paul within ten points of Romney. The votes began to roll to Romney, and the networks called the race with Paul losing by 20%. Ron placed second in North Dakota, Idaho, and Vermont. He never was within striking distance in any other state. His overall delegate count is 66.
The candidates will now turn to a mix of states for more delegates. The Kansas caucus is this Saturday. Then, they head south to Alabama and Mississippi on March 13.
At this point, it will be at least May until we have a clear nominee. Yes, Mitt Romney had a super night, but due to new proportional delegate allocation by most all states, the race for the GOP nominee will be prolonged. Even if a candidate took all delegates from now till the end of April, they would still need to win more states. This will be a long ride folks!