Live blog of Super Tuesday (plus more)
March 6th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Live blog of Super Tuesday (plus more)

(CNN) - Voters in ten states will cast ballots on Tuesday, when the most delegates thus far in the campaign cycle are up for grabs. Republican presidential candidates former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas are battling for 419 total delegates in Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama held a press conference at the White House where he unveiled a plan to aid those hit by the housing crisis, discussed ongoing discussions with Israel and the situations in Iran and Afghanistan.

Check back here through the night for the latest reporting from our producers and correspondents. Tune in to the CNN Election Center Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET for live coverage of Super Tuesday and follow real time results at Read more here.

2:56 a.m. ET - @GaryTuchmanCNN: Presidential election day is now eight months away. #cnnelections

2:54 a.m. ET - @JohnKingCNN: GOP race post #supertuesday; 14 states @MittRomney, 7 @RickSantorum, 2 @newtgingrich. @RepRonPaul shut out again. #CNNElections

2:48 a.m. ET - @JohnKingCNN: With AK, @MittRomney wins 6 of 10 + by far biggest #supertuesday delegate haul. Often isn't pretty, but math now his friend. #CNNElections

2:40 a.m. ET - Romney won the Alaska caucuses, CNN projected. With 85% of precincts reporting Romney captured 33% of the vote, followed by Santorum with 29%, Paul with 24% and Gingrich with 14%.

2:30 a.m. ET - 'Joe the Plumber' wins GOP primary in Ohio

1:48 a.m. ET - @LisaDCNN: ALASKA SQUEAKER?: Santorum closing in. It's Romney 33%, Santorum 30% w/ 68% reporting.

1:42 a.m. ET - @donnabrazile: A lot of people wanted fmr Gov Sarah Palin to run. But then late night comedians don’t choose the candidates. #cnnelections

1:34 a.m. ET - @adamplevycnn: Dels earned tonight: Rom 189, Sant 72, Ging 64, Paul 14. More updates in the AM. #CNNElections

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1:33 a.m. ET - @adamplevycnn: End of evening del count (updates in a few hours after we wake up): Rom 396, Sant 158, Ging 103, Paul 60 #CNNElections

1:26 a.m. ET - @LisaDCNN: ALASKA RESULTS: So far. Romney 32%, Paul 25%, Santorum 23%, Gingrich 20%. (16% reporting)

1:16 a.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: Romney melts away Santo lde in ohio. He Wins night's popular vote, most states & most delegates. not enuf to end this thing. Nite

1:11 a.m. ET - @mjaconicnn: Remember when @BarackObama wished @MittRomney "Good Luck Tonight"? That was 10 hours ago #workedinohio?

1:00 a.m. ET - @SamFeistCNN: CNN now counting first votes in Alaska: Romney 424; Santorum 307; Paul 263; Gingrich 166. #CNNElections

12:46 a.m. ET - @YellinCNN reported Obama received more votes in Ohio than Romney and Santorum, according to the Secretary of State's office. The Obama campaign said they held more than 50 events across Ohio, including phone banks, watch parties and neighborhood meetings.

12:37 a.m. ET - @LisaDCNN: SUPER TUESDAY so far: Romney – 5, Santorum – 3, Gingrich – 1. TBD – 1 (AK)

12:32 a.m. ET - Romney won the Ohio primary, CNN projected.

12:27 a.m. ET - @LisaDCNN: GINGRICH bad news: He's now in 3rd or 4th place in every state except Georgia. (And more 4th places than 3rds.)

12:26 a.m. ET - @AriFleischer: Does President Obama have a problem with Democrats?? In OK tonight, O got just 57% in the D primary, other candidates got 43%.

12:23 a.m. ET - With 95% of the vote reporting in Ohio, Romney led at 38% with 447,481 votes to Santorum's 37% with 436,820 votes.

12:17 a.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: Kucinich defeated in redistricting forced primary w fellow dem Marcy kaptur. Washington state here he comes?

12:15 a.m. ET - Incumbent Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich lost the Democratic primary in Ohio's 6th Congressional district to fellow Democrat Rep. Marcy Kaptur, CNN projected.

With 85% of the vote reporting, Kaptur received 56% support while Kucinich received 40%. Both veteran lawmakers saw their districts merged when Ohio reapportioned its House seats after the 2010.

12:14 a.m. ET - @YellinCNN reported Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, called Tuesday's election a "muddled mess."

“The muddled mess that is the Republican presidential nominating contest continued tonight as Republican voters who are unenthusiastic and unmotivated, failed to consolidate around a single candidate," she said in a statement. "It was a particularly bad night for Mitt Romney who once again failed to close the deal with Republican Primary voters despite the millions he's spent and the more than half a decade he's been trying."

12:06 a.m. ET - @ShanTravisCNN reported @MittRomney won in Idaho's largest caucus site. In Ada County, Romney received 51.79% support with 4,223 votes. Santorum received 22.83% support with 1,866 votes. Paul received 21.61% support with 1,766 votes and Gingrich received 3.75% support with 307 votes.

12:03 a.m. ET - @donnabrazile: Mr. Romney has spent almost as much as the other 3 combined. It’s a good thing that he doesn’t have to match their vote totals combined.

12:01 a.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: Mitt still up in Ohio. Votes for Mitt, I mean. I believe actual candidate is asleep in Mass. As we all should b,but are not.

12:00 a.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: Sarah Palin voted for Newt. We can start telling you how the rest of Alaska voted in about 2 minutes.

11:59 p.m. ET - @JohnKingCNN: The @MittRomney OH lead is small but missing votes in places @RickSantorum is weaker. #CNNElections

11:56 p.m. ET - CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger reported: Rick Santorum’s campaign is planning on buying about a million dollars of ads in Kansas, Alabama and Mississippi, according to a Santorum campaign source.

11:48 p.m. ET - @alexcast: Romney's problem: When your campaign isn't about big things, the small things become big. wealth. cadillacs. contraception.

11:44 p.m. ET - @David_Gergen: Maybe Romney should have two veep nominees: Rubio to help win Fla, Hispanics & Rob Portman to carry Ohio. #CNNElections

11:38 p.m. ET - @deirdrewalshcnn: Reps of campaigns head out as Hamilton posts 100% of vote with Romney taking county by 15k + votes

11:34 p.m. ET - @deirdrewalshcnn: 100% in Hamilton County -Romney 39020, Santorum 23367 #cnnelections

11:32 p.m. ET - Romney won the Idaho caucuses, CNN projected.

11:30 p.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: Santorums getting ready to leave their HQ. He won't be coming back on stage tonight. Per spokesman.

11:24 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: I revise my observation from earlier contests. Sometimes endorsements matter @robportman delivered big for romney in Hamilton #CNNElections

11:20 p.m. ET - @AriFleischer: Ohio turnout will be up from 2008. About 1,000,000 votes cast in '08. Looks like over 1,100,000 this year.

11:14 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: Romney grows lead in Ohio, but is small. No matter what ..will be hard to look at the totality of night and not say Santo brought it.

11:13 p.m. ET - @alicetweet: After sweeping victories in TN, ND, and OK, @RickSantorum watches down to the wire returns in Ohio.

11:09 p.m. ET - @PeterHambyCNN: all week in Ohio, Romney people whispered "it's gonna be tight, but we think we'll pull it out." looks like that may come true.

11:06 p.m. ET - With 86% of the vote reporting in Ohio, Romney received 37% support with 386,570 votes. Santorum received 37% support with 385,145 votes. Gingrich received 15% support and Paul came in with 9%.

11:04 p.m. ET - @BenLaBolt: @BarackObama currently on track to get more votes than any GOP candidate in OH tonight.

11:02 p.m. ET - @PeterHambyCNN reported former presidential candidates Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Utah Gov. John Huntsman received a combined 10,000 votes in Ohio, thus far.

10:56 p.m. ET - @AriFleischer: After 21 states, Paul will have 0 wins. (he could win AK though). I know he leads a cause, but as a cand he should drop out

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

10:46 p.m. ET - @mattyhoyeCNN reported Santorum adviser John Brabender told reporters the campaign proved Tuesday that "Rick Santorum can win in the West and can win in the South. He is the only candidate who can beat Mitt Romney. There is no doubt in our minds."

"We're not gonna call on anyone to drop out but ... We are calling on conservatives and tea party supporters to rally," Barbender said.

10:44 p.m. ET - With 84% of the vote reporting in Ohio, Santorum led with 37% and 358,742 votes, followed by Romney at 37% with 356,172 votes, Gingrich with 15% and Paul with 9%.

10:42 p.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: Santorum press secretary Alice Stewart to media gathered at RS HQ: "don't pull your head-on cameras yet."

10:40 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: If Santo wins Ohio ( he's leading) will be a big WHOA . Mitt will have mst. delegates overall but headline wld b " Santo takes Ohio"

10:38 p.m. ET - @PeterHambyCNN: Margin for automatic recount in Ohio: .25 percent or less.

10:37 p.m. ET - @KevinBohnCNN: Santorum sends email to supporters saying "the race in Ohio is too close to call." He also asks for donations for future contests

10:36 p.m. ET - @LisaDCNN: OHIO TIGHTENS: Now nearly even. Now 6,856 vote difference. (78% reporting) And curse you @jamiedupree for your fast typing.

10:29 p.m. ET - @LisaDCNN: OHIO nailbiter: Our @danabashcnnreported Hamilton County has 6000 more votes for Romney counted ... not yet in official tally.

10:28 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN reporting from Hamilton County, Ohio (which encompasses Cincinnati): With nearly 80% of the vote in, Romney led Santorum, 27,897 votes to 17,267 votes.

The ballots have all arrived so should have final soon (ish)

10:22 p.m. ET - @JohnKingCNN: Alaska now @RepRonPaul last chance to get a #supertuesday win. @newtgingrich just 1. Ohio tight.

10:18 p.m. ET - @LisaDCNN: SUPER TUESDAY SUM: Romney – 3 (VA, VT, MA), Santorum – 3 (TN, OK, ND), Gingrich – 1 (GA). TBD: 3 (OH, ID, AK)

10:15 p.m. ET - @David_Gergen: Nail biter in Ohio. Why is Romney struggling? Had momentum heading in. A lot of media interpretation hinges on Ohio. #CNNElections

10:08 p.m. ET - @PeterHambyCNN: North Dakota, another state Romney folks thought they could win, breaks Santorum's way

10:07 p.m. ET - Rick Santorum won the North Dakota caucuses, CNN projected.

10:05 p.m. ET - @PaulBegala: When does the GOP establishment call for dumping Mitt Romney and replacing him with Ann Romney? #CNNElections

10:04 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: Mitt Romney wants tomorrow to be better than today. Ok, fine, me too. But who won Ohio?

10:03 p.m. ET - With 59% of the vote reporting in Ohio, Santorum received 38% support with 254,757 votes, followed by Romney with 36% support and 244,739 votes, Gingrich with 15% and Paul with 9%.

10:02 p.m. ET - @SamFeistCNN: Watch North Dakota Closely. Santorum way ahead. 28 delegates. #CNNElections.

9:56 p.m. ET - @JohnKingCNN: Just shy 50% in OH, @RickSantorum up 15,000+ @MittRomney comeback rests on cle and cincy areas #cnn

9:55 p.m. ET - "Eight percent unemployment is not the best America can do, it's just the best this president can do," Romney told the crowd. "Our campaign is on the move and real change is finally on the way."

9:53 p.m. ET - @LisaDCNN: NORTH DAKOTA: votes coming in fast. Now Santorum 39%, Paul 27%. (54% reporting)

9:52 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: I know these guys all want to make late night news..but feels like cheating 4 them to give their speeches b4 we know who the heck won.

9:49 p.m. ET - @PaulBegala: Mitt salutes his opponents, "Thanks you guys, nice races." Isn't that what you say over Grey Poupon at the Yacht Club, Old Sport?

9:48 p.m. ET - Romney congratulated the other GOP White House contenders. "Nice races," he said about his rivals.

9:47 p.m. ET - Romney told supporters he is going to take the victory in Massachusetts "all the way to the White House."

9:45 p.m. ET - @stevebruskCNN: Ann Romney: "women care about jobs. Women care about the economy....that's what I'm hearing out there"

9:41 p.m. ET - Introducing her husband at his campaign headquarters in Boston, Ann Romney said "where he's known best we're winning by 72%."

9:36 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: Looks like mitt waiting behind curtains for santo to finish.

9:34 p.m. ET
- @crowleyCNN: Romney camp seems unworried by early lead of santorum in ohio. " look at counties not in yet"

9:32 p.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: As Santorum goes after Romney on individual mandate, crowd yells "shame."

9:31 p.m. ET
- Santorum said he is the only candidate who can effectively go up against Obama in the general election because "I've never been for an individual mandate at a state or federal level."

He criticized Romney for passing the health care law in Massachusetts and advocating for the plan as a solution on the national level.

"We need a person running against President Obama who's right on the issues and truthful with the American people," Santorum said.

9:27 p.m. ET - @HowardKurtz: Newt's speech about himself and gas prices. Santorum's about an overarching federal govt.and Obamacare. Says 100% of USA will depend on feds

9:26 p.m. ET - Santroum directs his criticism toward "Obamacare," as he often does on the campaign trail.

"This is the beginning of the end of freedom in America," Santorum said.

9:22 p.m. ET - Santorum, speaking to supporters in Steubenville, Ohio, said his campaign went up against "enormous odds."

"In every case we overcame the odds," Santorum said, adding Ohio is "still too close to call."

9:19 p.m. ET - @AriFleischer: If Romney is going 2lose, someone needs to drop out. Newt needs Santo 2drop, & more realistically Santo needs Newt 2drop

9:18 p.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: Santorum: “I just came from the war room which doubles as the weight room for the high school.”

9:16 p.m. ET - @PeterHambyCNN: Romney supporters in Tennessee claiming the race isn't over. Knox and Davidson counties not in yet.

9:12 p.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: Comedian warming up the crowd at Santorum HQ. In a tribute to Breitbart, called for a war cry from the crowd. He got one.

9:08 p.m. ET - @AriFleischer: Exit polls show men went 4Santo by 9 in TN. Women went 4him by 5. Good news/bad news...He won women but he has a gender gap

9:05 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: CNN calls Oklahoma for Santorum. Meanwhile Romney live band plays "Play that Funky Music White Boy". Expect Romney in 1/2hr.

9:02 p.m. ET - With 15% of precincts reporting, Santorum led with 34%, followed by Romney with 27%, Gingrich with 27% and Paul with 10%.

9:00 p.m. ET - Santorum won the Oklahoma primary, CNN projected based on exit polling and early returns.

8:57 p.m. ET - @JohnKingCNN: 2 states for @newtgingrich: yet he talks debating President Obama. Not unless he changes this fast.

8:56 p.m. ET - @donnabrazile: Speaker Gingrich has spent more time whining about the "elite media, wall street money" than defining why he's in this race. #cnnelections

8:55 p.m. ET - Up next for Gingrich? "In the morning we're gong on to Alabama. We're going to Mississippi. We're going Kansas and that's just this week," he told the crowd in Atlanta.

8:52 p.m. ET - @EWErickson: Dear Newt: Happy warriors win. Bitter tortoises get turned into turtle soup.

8:50 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: Ballots arriving like gangbusters now on this loading dock in Hamilton. V cool to see democracy in action #cnnelections

8:49 p.m. ET - @HowardKurtz: Newt so far making the speech all about him, and the media. Not exactly a pivot forward.

8:48 p.m. ET - Gingrich, delivering a time line of his campaign, said there have been lots of rabbits but, "I'm the tortoise."

8:47 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: First ballots arriving Hamilton county Ohio. I'm loading dock

8:45 p.m. ET
- @EWErickson: So our front runner continues his losing streak of evangelicals, the South, and most most conservatives.

8:43 p.m. ET - @PeterHambyCNN: Tennessee over a lot earlier than most here thought. Romney's best chance for a win in the south goes bye bye.

8:43 p.m. ET - Addressing his supporters, Gingrich said he hopes "the analysts in Washington and New York ... will watch this tonight and learn a little bit from this crowd and from this place."

8:42 p.m. ET - @ShanTravisCNN: Idaho GOP chair tells me Josh Romney will speak on dad's behalf here at Boise, Idaho mega caucus

8:41 p.m. ET - Introducing her husband at his campaign headquarters in Atlanta, Callista Gingrich (@callygingrich) said "tomorrow will bring another chapter in the race."

8:38 p.m. ET - With 10% of the vote reporting in Ohio, Romney received 40% of the vote, followed by Santorum with 37%, Gingrich with 14% and Paul with 7%.

With 15% of the vote reporting in Tennessee, Santorum received 45% of the vote, followed by Romney with 28%, Gingrich with 18% and Paul with 7%.

8:38 p.m. ET - Santorum won the Tennessee primary, CNN projected based on exit polling and early returns.

8:36 p.m. ET - @adamplevycnn: Delegate count update: Rom 261, Sant 89, Ging 68, Paul 49. @CNN updating very often: #CNNElections

8:29 p.m. ET
- @DanaBashCNN: Wow. Sarah Palin just told CNN in Alaska shes not closing the door to jumping in if there's a brokered convention. #CNNElections

8:26 p.m. ET - @PaulBegala: Sarah Palin just lights up the screen, esp when @CNN asks her if she might run in 2016. How many Repubs think she'd whip this lame field?

8:25 p.m. ET - What would she do if her name was put in contention at the Republican convention?

"Anything is possible and I don't close any doors that would perhaps be open out there," Palin said. "My plan is to be at that convention."

8:22 p.m. ET
- Asked if she would consider running for president in 2016, Palin said she "would seriously consider anything I can do to help our country."

"Anything in this life is possible," the former 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate said.

8:20 p.m. ET - Appearing on CNN after voting at a caucus site in Wasilla, Alaska, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she hopes the Republican race continues with more debates but she would not say for whom she voted.

8:19 p.m. ET - @David_Gergen: Trucks carrying ballots in Hamilton County, Ohio? To be counted how? Could be a long nite. #CNNElections

8:18 p.m. ET - @mjaconicnn: Serious CNN exclusive: @SarahPalinUSA just walked into our Caucus Camera shot in Alaska.

8:17 p.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: Santorum's Brabender: “I’ll be interested to find out if Mitt Romney has won a southern state today.”

8:10 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: Band plays Sweet Caroline, crowd lifts Romney signs rhythmically at "whoa, uh oh" I have message confusion.

8:07 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: Band announces that CNN projects Romney will win Massachusetts..which we did. Crowd applauds. Band responds w/ "Sweet Caroline" .??

8:06 p.m. ET - @PeterHambyCNN: more Romney: "And so it will go, day by day, step by step, door to door, heart to heart."

8:05 p.m. ET - @PeterHambyCNN: Romney will embrace the long delegate chase in tonight's speech: "Tomorrow we wake up and we start again. And the next day we do the same."

8:03 p.m. ET - CNN exit polling in Massachusetts showed Romney with 70%, followed by Santorum with 12%, Paul with 9% and Gingrich with 4%.

8:02 p.m. ET - CNN exit polling in Tennessee showed Santorum with 35% support, followed by Romney with 28%, Gingrich with 23% and Paul with 11%.

8:01 p.m. ET - CNN exit polling in Oklahoma showed Santorum with 38% support, followed by Romney with 25%, Gingrich with 24% and Paul with 12%.

8:00 p.m. ET - Romney won the Massachusetts primary, CNN projected.

7:53 p.m. ET - @ShepherdCNN: CNN confirms Newt Gingrich will get U.S. Secret Service protection beginning tomorrow. #CNNelections

7:52 p.m. ET - @ErinBurnett: And guess who spent nearly 1 MILLION on broadcast ads in #ohio R primary- more than #Gingrich, #Santorum, #Paul? #Barackobama #cnneelections

7:50 p.m. ET - @ShanTravisCNN reported former Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho will vote for @MittRomney. CNN caught up with the Craig at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho.

7:49 p.m. ET - Romney came in second in Georgia, Santorum came in third and Paul came in forth, CNN projected. Gingrich won the state earlier Tuesday.

7:47 p.m. ET - @PrestonCNN: As we follow GOP developments on Super Tuesday, the WH announces that Joe Biden is hitting the campaign trail.

7:46 p.m. ET
- @David_Gergen: If Romney wins Ohio (exits say slight lead), could be big nite for him: perhaps half delegates, more than half states. #CNNElections

7:44 p.m. ET - @AriFleischer: VT exit polls show the state is 70% rural. 30% suburban. And 0% urban. Also 0% snowy this year.

7:43 p.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: Santorum's 93 year old mom is in the house.

7:42 p.m. ET
- @jimacostacnn: Crowd files in at Santorum HQ

7:41 p.m. ET
- @RonPaul spoke at a caucus site in Fargo, North Dakota. The last sites will close at 10 p.m. ET in the state.

7:36 p.m. ET
- Romney won the Vermont primary, CNN projected based on exit polling and early returns.

7:31 p.m. ET - Forty percent of Ohio voters supported Romney, followed by 36% for Santorum, 12% for Gingrich and 11% for Paul, according to CNN exit polling.

7:26 p.m. ET - According to Ohio exit polling, 32% of voters said Santorum best understands America's problems, followed by Romney with 23%, Paul with 19% and Gingrich with 18%. Forty-three percent of voters said defeating Obama in the fall is the most important candidate quality.

7:23 p.m. ET - @alexcast: if Santo gets under 15% in MA, Romney gets all 41 delegates. #cnnelections

7:20 p.m. ET - Romney won the Virginia primary, CNN projected based on exit polling and early returns.

7:15 p.m. ET - @JohnKingCNN:: 32% in OH are somewhat conservative; here @MittRomney +14 over @RickSantorum #CNNElections

7:13 p.m. ET - @JohnKingCNN: 31% of OH GOP voters identify as V conservative; among them @RickSantorum +15 over @MittRomney

7:12 p.m. ET - @EWErickson: This is looking to be a bad night for Santorum. If he splits conservatives with Romney in Ohio, he probably won't win Ohio.

7:09 p.m. ET - @JohnKingCNN: Electability ranks #1 among Ohio #gop voters 2day. #CNNElections

7:08 p.m. ET - @newtgingrich: Thank you Georgia! It is gratifying to win my home state so decisively to launch our March Momentum. #MarchMo #250gas #SuperTuesday

7:04 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: So, Newt projected to win Georgia. 9 More states to go

7:02 p.m. ET - According to CNN exit poling in Vermont, Romney received 38% support, followed by Paul with 27%, Santorum with 23% and Gingrich with 8%.

7:01 p.m. ET - According to CNN exit polling in Georgia, Gingrich received 45% support, followed by 26% for Romney, 20% for Santorum and 8% for Paul.

7:00 p.m. ET - Gingrich won the Georgia primary, CNN projected based on exit polling.

6:58 p.m. ET - @BrookeBCNN: Minutes away from polls closing in GA/VA/VT. nt total of 10 states: 419 delegates up for grabs. Magic #: 1,144 for nomination. #CNNElections

6:52 p.m. ET
- @crowleyCNN: Reading goat entrails in ballrm-MR xpects good nite:Live band, home campaign movies (gussied up by consultants&stirring music) teleprompter

6:44 p.m. ET - @adamplevycnn: Pre-Super Tuesday Poll Closing count: Rom 207, Sant 86, Paul 46, Ging 39 Updates all night: #CNNElections

6:41 p.m. ET - @David_Gergen: Ohio: If Santorum wins, Romney wounded but still still has path to Tampa. If Romney wins, hard to see Santorum path. #CNNElections

6:40 p.m. ET
- @alexcast: big question tonight–do two gop contenders drop out: Adelson & Freiss. that would change everything. #cnnelectiions

6:31 p.m. ET - @PeterHambyCNN: The @TNGOP war room tonight is at the Country Music Hall of Fame. There's a Trace Adkins concert down the hall.

6:29 p.m. ET - Wanna know what goo voters in critical southwest ohio think? Watch this #CNNElections

6:24 p.m. ET
- @crowleyCNN: If it's Tuesday, This must be a hotel ballroom

6:23 p.m. ET - @RonPaul also said his position regarding Iran is closer to Obama's than to the other GOP presidential candidates.

"What the other Republicans are saying is very reckless," Paul said. "The last thing this country needs and our military agrees is another war."

6:22 p.m. ET - @RonPaul, talking to @JohnKingCNN said he expects to do well in Alaska, Idaho and North Dakota on Tuesday. Even if Romney wins five or six states Tuesday, Paul said "he would still have a long way to go."

"Nobody is going to clinch the election today," Paul said. "Sorting all this delegate delegate selection process I think we have a little bit of time left before you declare anybody a winner."

6:20 p.m. ET - Among Georgia voters, 53% said Romney was not conservative enough, 30% said he was "about right" and 11% said he was too conservative, according to CNN exit polling.

Among Tennessee voters, 48% said he was too conservative, 38% said he was "about right" and 8% said he was too conservative, according to CNN exit polling.

6:15 p.m. ET - @PeterHambyCNN: buzz in Nashville: could be a late night – good turnout in Romney-friendly territory

6:11 p.m. ET - @donnabrazile: Both Santorum & Gingrich failed to qualify for the ballot in Virginia. Guys, there’s a term for people who don’t qualify—“unqualified.”

6:09 p.m. ET - @alexcast: breaking news re "GOP war on women": i checked exit polls and half of GOP voters ARE women. #cnnelections

6:07 p.m. ET - @donnabrazile: Some people expect a major winnowing out tonight. I disagree. This is a war of attrition. No one will come close to 1144 tonight. Agree?

6:06 p.m. ET
- @PaulBegala: @JohnKingCNN reports from the magic wall: Romney & Santorum tied among "very conservative" OH voters. Good sign for Mitt. #CNNelections

6:05 p.m. ET - Sixty-two percent of Ohio voters said they will "definitely" vote for the Republican nominee, whoever it is, while 23% said they probably would and 10% said only if their candidate of choice captures the nomination, according to CNN exit polling.

6:02 p.m. ET - When asked about their expectations for Tuesday, Team Romney told @crowleyCNN "We just want to get more votes than the other guys."

"State wins get the headlines, delegates win the nomination ... at the particular level we count the later," Romney sources told CNN. "In the end, we want both and think we'll do well."

Going forward they said the campaign will focus on Missouri and Illinois but there will be "no change in strategy or message."

Are they worried about independents deserting the Republican Party because of the nasty race?

"As far as the primary, the long calendar is just part of the process. We are only campaign that can withstand the drawn out primary schecule. Bruises may take time to heal, but they will."

5:40 p.m. ET - @jimacostacnn reported that senior Santorum strategist Hogan Gidley called the case made by the Romney campaign that Santorum cannot mathematically reach the delegates necessary to secure the nomination "not compelling."

"He’s got to get to 1144 too. It’s not compelling," Gidley told reporters in Stubenville, Ohio. "He wants us out because he can’t get there. And if we all go to the convention with a certain amount of delegates and we have to figure something out at the convention so be it but that’s democracy and that’s how the party structure is set up. And we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it."

When told that was the argument then-Sen. Barack Obama made about then-Sen. Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary contest in 2008, Gidley said: "It’s another issue where Mitt Romney lines up perfectly with President Obama. First it was the issues. Now it’s campaign strategy. You gotta love it."

5:32 p.m. ET - Forty-seven percent of Ohio voters said Romney's positions on the issues were "right," 37% said they were not conservative enough and 7% said they were too conservative.

5:30 p.m. ET - Forty-six percent of Ohio voters said Santorum's positions on the issues were "right," 24% said they were too conservative and 17% said they were not conservative enough.

5:29 p.m. ET - @streitfeldcnn: Mitt and Ann Romney in Belmont–first time since Jan. 6.

5:24 p.m. ET - Romney, appearing at a press conference after casting his vote in Massachusetts, said he's "hoping for a win in Massachusetts" and that his campaign is on the track to having enough delegates.

5:21 p.m. ET - According to CNN exit polling in Ohio, 64% of voters identified themselves as conservative and 36% considered themselves moderate or liberal.

5:09 p.m. ET - @stevebruskCNN: Romney just voted in Belmont, MA - he'll hold a media availability shortly. Tune in to CNN's Situation Room. #cnnelections

4:36 p.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: MR CNN 09: "The fact that we have portable insurance and that we were able to get people insured without a public option is a model I think they can learn from."

4:20 p.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: Want to read more about my 09 interview with Romney on health care reform? From the ticker last March.

4:08 p.m. ET - @streitfeldcnn reported Mitt and Ann Romney talked to the press on the campaign plane and described their Tuesday night plans. They will stop home for dinner, prepared by their son Tagg. On the menu: Chicken Marsala, asparagus and mashed potatoes.

Although Romney said he doesn't have any Election Day rituals, he is looking forward to sleeping in his own bed, something he said he hasn't done since January 6.

4:00 p.m. ET - @JohnKingCNN: Studying Super Tuesday options for #magicwall. Really. #marchmadness. #almost

3:45 p.m. ET - Looking ahead ... Santorum released his schedule for Wednesday and Thursday. He'll visit Kansas, which holds caucuses on March 10 and Mississippi, which hosts a primary on March 13. He's then off to Alabama, where voters cast ballots on March 13, on Thursday.

3:09 p.m. ET - @JohnKingCNN: three GOP candidates – @MittRomney @RickSantorum @newtgingrich – talk tough re #iran at AIPAC. @RepRonPaul takes issue @JohnKingUSA 6pE

2:45 p.m. ET - 2008 results in Super Tuesday states:

Alaska: Romney received 44.8% support, followed by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee with 22.3%, Paul with 17.1% and Sen. John McCain of Arizona and the eventual GOP presidential nominee with 15.8%.

Georgia: Huckabee received 33.9% support, followed by McCain with 31.6%, Romney with 30.2% and Paul with 2.9%.

Idaho: McCain received 69.7% support, follwed by Paul with 23.7%.

Massachusetts: Romney received 51.1% support, followed by McCain with 40.9%, Huckabee with 3.8% and Paul with 2.6%.

North Dakota: Romney received 35.8% support, followed by McCain with 22.8%, Paul with 21.3% and Huckabee with 19.8%.

Ohio: McCain received 59.9% support, followed by Huckabee with 30.6% and Paul with 4.7%.

Oklahoma: McCain received 36.6% support, followed by Huckabee with 33.4%, Romney with 24.8% and Paul with 3.3%.

Tennessee: Huckabee received 34.5% support, followed by McCain with 31.8%, Romney with 23.6% and Paul with 5.6%.

Vermont: McCain received 71.3% support, followed by Huckabee with 14.3% and Paul with 6.6%.

McCain received 50.0% support, followed by Huckabee with 40.7% and Paul with 4.5%.

2:28 p.m. ET
- @SamFeistCNN: A preview from tonight's #CNNElections covg: Tom Foreman goes inside the Tampa convention. It's cool.

2:22 p.m. ET - @streitfeldcnn reported Romney will hold a media availability in Belmont, Massachusetts after he votes Tuesday afternoon.

1:59 p.m. ET - Obama closed his remarks by offering his condolences to the family of Democratic Rep. Donald M. Payne of New Jersey, who died at 77.

"He was a friend of mine and so my heart goes out to his family and to his colleagues," Obama said.

1:57 p.m. ET - In Afghanistan, Obama said he is interested in a "strategic partnership" with the Afghan government.

"We are not interested in staying there any longer than is necessary to ensure al Qaeda is not operating there," Obama said.

1:55 p.m. ET - Obama said withdrawal in Afghanistan is on target and that the Quran burning "concerns me."

"I think that it is an indication of the challenges in that environment, and it's an indication that now is the time for us to transition (power to the Afghans)," Obama said.

1:54 p.m. ET - Q: NATO meeting and Quran burning.

1:51 p.m. ET
- Obama: "Good luck tonight."
Press: "Really?"
Obama: "Really."

1:51 p.m. ET - Q: What will you say to Romney ahead of Super Tuesday?

1:50 p.m. ET - @DanLothianCNN: Pres. Obama gives credit to Pres. Bush on immigration reform stance

1:49 p.m. ET - @LisaDCNN: OBAMA – immigration reform: I said I would push to get that done and we didn't get that done. Hope Latino vote will help push it this elex.

1:48 p.m. ET - Obama said he hopes bipartisan immigration reform will come "after this election." He said he will put forward legislation to "actually get this thing done" but that ultimately he cannot cast votes for Republicans.

1:47 p.m. ET
- Q: Latino vote and immigration reform.

1:46 p.m. ET - @ShepherdCNN: Newt Gingrich about to speak at U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL #rocketnewt

1:47 p.m. ET - @donnabrazile: POTUS should say he's the son of a single Mom. It's not just a war, but an assault on women's access to health care. #potuspresser

1:46 p.m. ET - Obama said women will make up their own minds in 2012. He said through his marriage to Michelle he has learned "I don't need to tell her what it is that she thinks is important."

He also encouraged women in America to think about "who is advancing the issues that they care most deeply about."

1:45 p.m. ET - Q: War on women in 2012.

1:43 p.m. ET - Obama said "all decent folks can agree the remarks that were made have no place in the public discourse." He said he called Ms. Fluke because he thought about his own daughters and how he wants them to feel confident to express their views one day, as she did.

1:41 p.m. ET - Q: Rush Limbaugh.

1:40 p.m. ET - - @staciaCNN reported: The last president to visit Israel was former President George W. Bush in January 2008.

1:40 p.m. ET - Obama said he is not the first president who has been unable to visit Israel in his first term and said he visited twice as a senator.

"My commitment to Israel is not measured by a single visit ... seen in the actions I've taken as president of the United States.

1:38 p.m. ET - Obama said higher gas prices are bad for individuals and the overall economy but said there is no "silver bullet." He said the only way to solve the problem is an "all of the above" strategy.

1:37 p.m. ET - Q: A presidential visit to Israel and gas prices.

1:35 p.m. ET - Obama said Iran understands the "world community means business." Although he said he does not expect a "breakthrough in the first meeting," he said there will be a sense "pretty quickly how serious they are about resolving the issue."

1:34 p.m. ET - Q: Iran's willingness to negotiate.

1:32 p.m. ET - @staciaCNN reported: Obama said: "When I visit Walter Reed, when I sign letters to families," referencing the cost of war. President visited Walter Reed last Friday handing out 28 Purple Hearts to wounded members of armed services.

1:30 p.m. ET - Obama said there is a "window to resolve this issue peacefully."

Although he would not go into the specifics of his meeting with Netanyahu, he said he recognizes Israel must "make its own decisions how best to preserve security."

"I'm deeply mindful of the historical precedents that weigh on any prime minister of Israel when they think about the potential threats to Israel and the Jewish homeland," Obama said.

1:28 p.m. ET - Q: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to the White House with regards to Iran.

1:27 p.m. ET - In regards to Syria, Obama said it is a "question of WHEN Assad leaves."

"Ultimately this dictator will fall," Obama said.

1:25 p.m. ET - Responding to cited comments from Romney regarding Iran, Obama said "this is not a game."

"When I see the casualness with which these folks talk about war I'm reminded of the cost involved in war," Obama said.

1:23 p.m. ET - Obama said unprecedented sanctions have been leveled against Iran but that it is his belief and the belief of top American and Israeli intelligence officials that "we have a window of opportunity where this can still be resolved diplomatically."

1:21 p.m. ET - Q: Potential air strikes in Syria and Iran nuclear program.

1:20 p.m. ET - @staciaCNN reported: Housing relief plan: strategically released on Super Tuesday. Really beginning to look like a pattern. The president addressed the United Auto Workeres last week touting his auto bailout strategy on the same day as primaries in Arizona and Michigan (home to the auto industry). He also announced a much anticipated contraception compromise while GOP candidate Mitt Romney addressed the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February. And last fall the president requested to address a joint session of Congress on the same night as a scheduled GOP debate. Although ultimately he agreed to move his address to the following evening.

1:20 p.m. ET - The president said, as he has before, that he will take steps without Congress to help those affected by the housing crisis, particularly members of the armed forces.

1:16 p.m. ET - Obama opened his press conference in the White House briefing room by encouraging Congress to take action on three proposals and not "wait for the next election to come around." The proposals: End tax breaks for companies who ship jobs overseas, hold a vote on the "Buffett Rule" and pass a proposal to give every responsible homeowner an average of $3,000 a year through refinancing.

1:13 p.m. ET - More from @ShepherdCNN: Virginia resident Rick Tyler, who is behind the super PAC Winning the Future that supports Gingrich's candidacy, voted in the primary even though his candidate was not on the ballot.

In an effort to keep votes away from Romney, the presumed frontrunner, Tyler voted for Paul. He told CNN he is "still queasy" about it.

12:58 p.m. ET - @ShepherdCNN reported Gingrich will not cast a ballot in Virginia's primary. The Old Dominion State resident is campaigning in Georgia and Tennessee Tuesday and did not request an absentee ballot, according to spokesman R.C. Hammond. Gingrich failed to receive the required signatures to appear on Virginia's ballot.

12:43 p.m. ET
- @EWErickson: I still haven't decided if I'm going to vote today.

12:37 p.m. ET - @MittRomney: It’s Super Tuesday. Ann and I are voting in MA this afternoon.

12:33 p.m. ET - The GOP candidates took aim at the president and each other leading up to the Super Tuesday primaries. Some of the latest jabs:

12:02 p.m. ET
- 3 things to watch on Super Tuesday

11:58 a.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: Ad watch OH per Kantar CMAG: Romney: 87% neg 13% pos. Restore: 84% neg 16% pos. RWB Fund: 100% neg. Winning: 100% neg.

11:57 a.m. ET - @PeterHambyCNN reported: What the ballot in Ohio's 6th district looks like (pdf).

11:55 a.m. ET - @DWSTweets previewed the president's news conference on CNN:

11:50 a.m. ET - What's at stake on Super Tuesday? @JohnKingCNN breaks it down:


Alaska Nuts and Bolts:

– Polls open: 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET
– Closed caucuses
– Delegates at stake: 24
– Allocation rule: Proportional
– Alaska registered voters (as of 2/3/12): 495,948
– Alaska registered Republicans (as of 2/3/12): 131,223
Georgia Nuts and Bolts:
– Polls open: 7 a.m. ET to 7 p.m. ET
– Open primary
– Delegates at stake: 76
– Allocation rule: Proportional
– Georgia registered voters (as of 2/1/12): 5,793,889

Idaho Nuts and Bolts:
– Polls open: 9 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. ET
– Caucuses
– Delegates at stake: 32
– Allocation rule: Proportional
– Idaho registered voters (as of 2/1/12): 742,336

Massachusetts Nuts and Bolts:
– Polls open: 7 a.m. ET to 8 p.m. ET
– Semi-open primary
– Delegates at stake: 38
– Allocation rule: Proportional
– Massachusetts registered voters (as of 2/22/12): 4,112,004
– Massachusetts registered Republicans (as of 2/22/12): 466,512

North Dakota Nuts and Bolts:
– Polls open: 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET to 9 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. ET
– Open caucuses
– Delegates at stake: 28
– Allocation rule: Proportional

Ohio Nuts and Bolts:
– Polls open: 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
– Open primary
– Delegates at stake: 63
– Allocation rule: Proportional
– Ohio registered voters (as of 2/27/12): 7,721,842

Oklahoma Nuts and Bolts:
– Polls open: 8 a.m. ET to 8 p.m. ET
– Closed primary
– Delegates at stake: 40
– Allocation rule: Proportional
– Oklahoma registered voters (as of 2/27/12): 2,013,165
– Oklahoma registered Republicans (as of 2/27/12): 839,106

Tennessee Nuts and Bolts:
– Polls open: 7 a.m. ET to 8 p.m. ET
– Open primary
– Delegates at stake: 55
– Allocation rule: Proportional
– Tennessee registered voters (as of 2/1/12): 3,910,918

Vermont Nuts and Bolts:
– Polls open: 6:30 a.m. ET, 7:00 a.m. ET, 7:30 a.m. ET, 8:00 a.m. ET, 8:30 a.m. ET, 9:00 a.m. ET and 10:00 a.m. ET to 7 p.m. ET
– Open primary
– Delegates at stake: 17
– Allocation rule: Proportional
– Vermont registered voters (as of 11/30/11): 440,613

Virginia Nuts and Bolts:
– Polls open: 6 a.m. ET to 7 p.m. ET
– Open primary
– Delegates at stake: 46
– Allocation rule: Proportional
– Virginia registered voters (as of 12/31/11): 5,134,825

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Republicans • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul
soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. jterrier

    Have seen reports of DEMs voting in OH for Santorum to prolong the race and hurt Romney. Anything to this?

    March 6, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    Watching Willard is just too painful. I just got through watching a few mins. of his pathethic speech and it was more like a wake. The guy is just too creepy for words. The way he smiles and looks at you is too weird for words. As far as his mention of word "American" (implying our president is something 'other' than American" will only back fire on his miserable run for the presidency. They guy lies so much he doesn't even know what to say in a victory speech. Anyone who thinks Willard will win in November is seriously misguided and unaware. He can't even BUY love. Pathethic.

    As far as Ohio goes, I hope Santorum KICKS HIS BEHIND. I am no fan of Santorum but Willard is the worst candidate running and I can't wait to see him kick and scream when he loses.

    Vote for sanity, vote for Obama 2012

    March 6, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  3. Garry

    Why do you keep saying that Romney cant close the deal in a weak field. You are wrong. You are looking at it from the democrats view point as usual. You should look at it as Romney is having to work hard in a very stong field. A field in which any canidate is better than Obama!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  4. Alex

    I don't know about you but I'm getting sick of watching these elections it's the same thing from the people at the election center at the table they sit there and hammer any 1 but Romney apparently every candidate dose some things wrong yea ok but nothing ever said about Romeny

    March 6, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  5. Cindy A.


    What about the county of Medina???

    March 6, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  6. jcroentgen

    I think Paul might be shooting for a 3rd party run in the general election.

    March 6, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  7. Michael Dawson

    Why isn't anyone reporting that Santorum is in very real danger of not receiving any at-large delegates in Georgia? If you do the math, he's at 19.99%, below the 20% threshhold.

    March 6, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  8. vic , nashville ,tn

    Romney still straggling in Ohio , he is not our candidate

    March 6, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  9. Kate

    Its interesting that Newt did not win Atlanta–Fulton and Dekalb Counties. Romney did.

    March 6, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  10. Donna Thomason

    I fail to understand why the media and the "mainstream" republicans do not understand that the people do not want more government. Romney can't even get 60% of a two man race. If it were two of any of the other candidates, the results would be the same. The "mainstream" republicans can not provide a viable candidate.

    March 6, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  11. sleepless in PVE

    I wish Wolf would quit interrupting John King with what he believes is a more important thought or idea. John King is providing interesting numbers and consideration and Wolf keeps stopping John with some stupid opinions. Let John King provide us with his findings and his analysis based on these counts.

    March 7, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  12. Chris Young

    Listening to CNN you would think that Romney DIDN'T win 6 of the 10 states and more than 60% of the delegates tonight. At least try to be objective CNN!

    March 7, 2012 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  13. Benny

    Huh... Looks like Newt is pulling a whopping 15% in Alaska, riding the highly sought after endorsement of Todd Palin, launching him into 4th place! (In the top 25th percentile, just three places behind first!) This should silence all the critics who question Todd's influential star power.

    March 7, 2012 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  14. Name. Frank

    So Romley won big deal,Obama will be the president again for other 4 years.

    March 7, 2012 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  15. prakash

    we need Re of he understand chinese policy , trade policy. Mr. Obama ,follow Timothy Geithner and sold our country by printing money . I wrote a letter to senator and president got answer from texasenator but not from president


    March 7, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
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