ByÂ Seth McLaughlin and Stephen Dinan-The Washington Times
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio â€”Â Mitt RomneyÂ emerged the winner of Super Tuesday, taking more than half of the 10 presidential caucuses and primaries and claiming victory in the critical showdown state of Ohio â€” though chief challengerÂ Rick Santorumâ€™s three victories solidified his claim as the heartlandâ€™s conservative alternative.
The networks called the Ohio race forÂ Mr. RomneyÂ just after midnight, capping the most important day in the two-month-old primary that saw the former Massachusetts governor win on the countryâ€™s edges, whileÂ Mr. Santorumcontinued to emerge victorious in the interior.
In addition to Ohio,Â Mr. RomneyÂ won primaries in Virginia, Massachusetts and Vermont, and the caucuses in Idaho and Alaska;Â Mr. SantorumÂ won primaries in Tennessee and Oklahoma and won North Dakotaâ€™s caucuses; andÂ Newt GingrichÂ won Georgiaâ€™s primary.
â€œLots of states. Weâ€™re going to win a few, weâ€™re going to lose a few. But as it looks right now, weâ€™re going to get at least a couple gold medals and a whole passel of silver medals,â€Â Mr. Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, said at a party in a high school gym in Steubenville, as he surveyed results that solidified his position as the chief challenger toÂ Mr. Romney.
All told, 419 delegates were at stake, accounting for about a fifth of all the delegates available to the August nominating convention.
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