By winning five states in Super Tuesday,has racked up points, but and have gleaned victories that allow them to remain in the race for the Republican nomination for the White House. Mitt Romney has not got the clear victory of which he dreamed.
Romney wins by a nose (38% against 37% for Mr. Santorum) in Ohio, State of the Rust Belt, the former flagship of American industry today hit hard by the crisis economic. Rick Santorum thought he had the advantage in the electorate of the middle class and workers against Mitt Romney, the businessman whose fortune is estimated at $ 200 million, which appears as the candidate of Wall Street and financial community.
Mr. Romney also won unsurprisingly the state of Massachusetts, where he was governor, and Virginia, Vermont, Idaho, according to U.S. television. In Virginia, Mr. Romney was the only opponent isolationist candidate . "I will win this nomination," he claimed before his supporters Tuesday night Mr. Romney. Voters also voted in Alaska, where after counting 79% of districts 33% of voters voted for Mr. Romney and 30% for Mr. Santorum.
For his part, Gingrich has won a clear victory in its stronghold of Georgia, with 47% of the vote, according to results virtually definitive. "Thank you Georgia! It's flattering to win in my state so clearly to launch our big race in March," responded the former chairman of the House of Representatives on his Twitter account. Mr. Gingrich showed up Tuesday night as the "turtle" able to beat his opponents, "hares". He vowed to disprove "Elites" and "experts" who predicted his defeat.
Mitt Romney proves the skeptics of his camp that voters see him as best able to beat the incumbent president in the fall. Losing Ohio would have been considered an electoral repudiation and would seriously cast doubt on its ability to triumph against the Democratic candidate in the face-to-head final. This "Super Tuesday", with victories for the three main candidates, again highlights the deep divisions within the Republican electorate to eight months of the presidential election. This prolonged confrontation between Republicans is not to offend the supporters of Mr. Obama, who see the chances of their champion to increase as economic indicators are improving.
Mitt Romney, who is leading the race almost from the beginning the long process of nomination of presidential candidate, was counting on this Super Tuesday to stun his opponents after his success in the states of Washington, Arizona and Michigan the last week.
The ten states of "Super Tuesday" should designate more than 400 delegates, the 1144 needed to clinch the nomination. Among them, Georgia and its 76 delegates, Ohio (66 delegates) and Tennessee (58 delegates) were most important. The delegates will represent their candidate at the party's national convention that will formally designate in August in Tampa (Florida), the opponent of Mr. Obama.
After Super Tuesday, Romney still leads nationally in terms of delegates garnered, is 354, against 147 for Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich for 87 and 54 for Ron Paul, according to the website RealClearPolitics. Overall, since January, Mitt Romney won 13 states, 6 Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich both. It will probably wait until April - including the primary state of New York (92 delegates) and Texas (152 delegates) - until June or even - with those in California (169 delegates) - for the candidate of the Grand Old Party is known.