GOP Presidential Candidates Gear Up For Super Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AP) -- On the eve of their Super Tuesday showdown, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum strained for an edge in Ohio on Monday and braced for the 10 primaries and caucuses likely to redefine the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Newt Gingrich, though winless for more than a month, campaigned in Tennessee and issued a stream of signals that he intended to stay in the race.

In a race marked by unpredictability, Romney's superior organization and the support of an especially deep-pocketed super PAC allowed him to compete all across the Super Tuesday landscape and potentially pick up more than half of the 419 delegates at stake.

Santorum cast the race in biblical terms, his David vs. Romney's Goliath. Even that "is probably a little bit of an understatement," he added.

By contrast, Romney projected confidence. "I hope that I get the support of people here in Ohio tomorrow, and in other states across the country. I believe if I do, I'll get the nomination," he said.

Primaries in Ohio, Georgia, Massachusetts, Vermont, Virginia, Oklahoma and Tennessee plus caucuses in Idaho, North Dakota and Alaska make Tuesday the busiest day of the primary season.

Unlike previous Republican campaigns, when a primary winner would typically win all of a state's delegates, allocations this year generally reflect the split in the popular vote. As a result, several candidates may be able to claim success once the Super Tuesday results are known.

Romney kept his focus on the economy in a final sprint across Ohio, the state that has drawn the most attention and television advertising. Pre-primary polls show him with momentum in a close race with Santorum.

"Other people in this race have debated about the economy, they've read about the economy, they've talked about it in subcommittee hearings," Romney said dismissively of his opponents. "But I've actually been in it. I've worked in business, and I understand what it takes to get a business successful and to thrive."

Santorum, who narrowly lost Michigan to Romney last week, said that no matter how much his rival spends, "conservatives will not trust him, will not rally around him this primary season. ... We will be the nominee."

He said he looked forward to the day when Gingrich drops out and clears the way for him to challenge Romney one-on-one. "And when we do that, we'll win," Santorum said.

Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, was having none of it.

Seemingly confident of a primary victory in Georgia, where he launched his political career more than three decades ago, he unveiled a new television commercial in Tennessee promising to reduce the rising cost of gasoline. Eager to demonstrate his staying power, he said the commercial would soon begin running in Alabama and Mississippi, which hold primaries next week, and he announced a list of supporters in Kansas, where caucuses are on the schedule for Saturday.

Gingrich linked oil, Iran and war in remarks at a rally in Alcoa, Tenn. "We should indicate calmly and decisively that any threat to close the Straits of Hormuz would be considered an act of war and we will eliminate the government of Iran," he said. About 20 percent of the world's oil exports pass through the Straits of Hormuz.

The fourth man in the race, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, campaigned in Idaho after a weekend visit to Alaska, where he hopes to claim his first victory of the campaign.

Romney has won four contests in a row, including a double-digit victory in Washington state caucuses on Saturday.

He has 203 delegates in the Associated Press count, while Santorum has 92, Gingrich 33 and Paul 25.

It takes 1,144 to win the nomination at the convention in Tampa, Fla., this summer.

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  • by Jobs? Location: enc on Mar 6, 2012 at 09:43 PM
    What happened to the highway bill-jobs? Oh, yeah, the GOP turned it into the Blunt bill!
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Mar 7, 2012 at 03:43 PM in reply to Jobs?
      Actually, we don't need those jobs, those just lead to more debt...we need private sector one told you yet?
  • by Sad but True on Mar 6, 2012 at 04:32 PM
    Is this a southern thing, the hate for a President that inherited a calamity, turned it around both foreign and domestic, instituted policies that will help the poor long after you are dead and all of this with a legislative branch that says rock solid "NO" to anything whether it helps or not, has a conservative supreme court that was stacked by reagan, bush I and II and he is still winning........Dixie land it seems.
  • by Try again in 2016 on Mar 6, 2012 at 04:08 PM
    Only the hardened right will vote for Romney or any other candidate fox news appoints, and sorry but thats not enough. getting rid of O is not the priority, getting the right person is. and one of the three globalist, banker owned stooges is not an option for the majority of independents. and just hoping that we want O out is not enough to support a stooge.
  • by Ron Paul or Bust on Mar 6, 2012 at 03:58 PM
    There is only one choice this election, either of the three globalist NWO stooges, or Ron Paul. either you want more oil wars and debt, or peace and prosperity. to me its a no-brainer. For the rest of you sheep, I still hold out a glimmer of hope that you will wake up before its too late. either way, the three blind mice will NEVER beat Obama because RP supporters and the majority of independents will never vote for any of the fraudulent conservatives. we will vote third party or sit it out and the GOP LOSES again. RON PAUL 2012.
  • by Yeah Buddy on Mar 6, 2012 at 11:52 AM
    Ron Paul Revolution: Give us back our constitution!
  • by Barlows Blind on Mar 6, 2012 at 08:56 AM
    Dems Checklist: Iron Sikle, Dictatorship Attitude, Total lack of common sense, Check, were go to go!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 6, 2012 at 08:25 AM
    Barlow, you mean Soros? He supports the DNC not the GOP? by Cliff Kincaid on 29 Oct 2011 One of his own books calls him the “Stateless Statesman” and he has been honored as a “globalist.” He is usually referred to by the liberal media as a “financier” or “philanthropist.” In fact, George Soros is a billionaire hedge fund operator whose financial manipulations can affect the fates of nations and their currencies. His hedge fund, Quantum Funds, is based off-shore, making the sources of his funds practically impossible to determine. Forbes magazine says Soros has a net worth of $22 billion, making him the seventh richest person in America.1 The only hedge-fund manager ranked in Forbes’s top ten, Soros lives in Katonah, New York. He has been using much of the money to support the Democratic Party and organizations associated with it. The exact figure is not known, but it is reported that he spent at least $27 million to defeat President George W. Bush in 2004. At the time, Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, praised Soros for engineering the “privatization” of the Democratic Party through funding of the “527? political groups and bypassing what he called an incompetent Democratic Party apparatus. He is considered by some the virtual owner of the Democratic Party, having contributed lavishly to the party, its causes and candidates, including Obama. Soros had backed Obama for president in 2008, saying that he had “the charisma and the vision to radically reorient America in the world,” and personally contributed $50,000, the maximum allowed, to the Obama inauguration. Read more: Obama’s Master George Soros: Supporting America’s Enemies at Home and Abroad | The Soros Files Under Creative Commons License: Attribution Share Alike
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      by Anonymous on Mar 6, 2012 at 03:52 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Did you learn that from Rush, did he tell you to post that BS? Ha ha Ha LOL.
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        by Obama Snake Oil co on Mar 7, 2012 at 03:54 PM in reply to
        Reread.....unless you have not seen this;
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      by Anonymous on Mar 6, 2012 at 04:06 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      You probably didn't think he would be elected the first time. Looks like the Clown Bus is running out of fuel...again....just like in 2008.
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      by what happen to the GOP? on Mar 6, 2012 at 04:10 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Unfortunately for the Republicans, they are more anti-Obama than they are pro-Anybody. That isn't good for them. Obama will get his votes again. This election will be about voter turnout. Opinions haven't changed much in 4 years. The moderates and far-right of the Republicans are split while the Democrats are united behind Obama. The religious right really can't stand Romney with his past on abortion, health care, gay marriage etc. Moderates can't really stand a brainwashed choirboy. I just don't see good turnout in the general election when half the Republicans hate the other half. Some of you think that Romney will be able to capture the moderate independent, we'll see. I'm one and I will vote for Obama again. For every independent Romney gains another religious right voter will stay home. Romney is a democrat at heart but doesn't have the guts to be one so I can't respect that.
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      by Desperate GOPers on Mar 6, 2012 at 04:35 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Now that the republican party has distanced themselves from the Latinos, Women, Unions, Teachers, Firefighters, Policemen, they have nothing left other than the 1% that owns them, and osoc.
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      by P.T. Barnum on Mar 6, 2012 at 04:39 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      He stopped the bleeding for sure after walking into an impossible situation even while the other side did everything possible to destroy the economy to destroy him. And the haters who are mad NOW after 8 years of W will commence their hatred in 10,9,8......
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Mar 7, 2012 at 03:58 PM in reply to P.T. Barnum
        Don't worry, be happy! Obama will have 5 buck gas for his wealth redistribution to Arabs. Its what you voted wanted hope,, you got it, you wanted change..its in you pocket. Do it for the children and old people on fixed haters....just are out must be really hard, don't be that guy who wakes up in a roadside ditch...
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Mar 6, 2012 at 07:29 AM
    Mittens is out spending Santorum 4 to 1 in Ohio. We are going to find out in the general election if this country is still "by and for the people" or if it is "by and for the big money". The super pacs are trying to determine who is president and unfortunately the majority of billionaires are supporting the Repugnants, go figure. Hopefully, the playing field will be leveled by the time the presidential election comes around
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      by Gary on Mar 6, 2012 at 08:51 AM in reply to Barlow
      Mr. Putin would be glad to have you Barlow!
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        by Anonymous on Mar 6, 2012 at 03:55 PM in reply to Gary
        Wow, it is anti-abortion, anti-contraception, vote to pray, and hate women Tuesday! Other than if you want them to have children and clean your house. Way too right-wing.
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        by margret on Mar 6, 2012 at 04:37 PM in reply to Gary
        Your problem with the President is what?.......since i can remember, i have always been proud to be an american and has had esteem for it's leader, even w. had bravado, but this President has the attributes and skills that makes one very proud especially after the previous 8 years of decay and ruin.
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      by nightrain on Mar 6, 2012 at 09:38 AM in reply to Barlow
      Actually a more accurate comparison would be, "whether this country is by and for the people, or, by and for minorities and special interest groups."
  • by Party of Clowns LLC on Mar 6, 2012 at 01:51 AM
    GOP CHECKLIST: Clown Makeup, Face Painting Supplies, Clown Props, Clown Magic Tricks, Balloons, Clown Noses, Clown Wigs, Clown Hats, Clown Socks, Clown Costumes, Clown Costume Accessories, Video, Books, Music, Clown GOP Stickers, GOP Party Give-Aways, Clown Shoes, Clown Juggling, Clown Car, Clown Foot (easily inserts into mouth),and last but not least...a Rush Limbaugh Mask! OK boys, now we are ready!!!
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Mar 6, 2012 at 04:51 AM in reply to Party of Clowns LLC
      You seem to know a lot about clowns....too bad you don't have a clue how to vote..step asside clown boy, adults will take it from here.
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        by H on Mar 6, 2012 at 10:47 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        I doubt it.
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        by Ha Ha Ha on Mar 6, 2012 at 03:50 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        I guess he/she has seen enough of the GOP Clowns Show, You certainly can relate to that Obozo Snake Oil.
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        by Deport Rush on Mar 6, 2012 at 04:04 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        The Republican Party has declared war on women. That's a stupid thing to do right before an election. Rush just gave Obama the presidency, and you won't even denouce him. Sad.
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      by Good Grief! on Mar 6, 2012 at 07:32 AM in reply to Party of Clowns LLC
      Clowns?You mean you've never seen obamas face looking like the Jokers.Where have you been?The jokes been on us the last three years.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 7, 2012 at 09:14 AM in reply to Good Grief!
        We have seen the faces of the 4 clowns running for the GOP nomination! I find it hard to believe you guys actually believe anything these clowns have to say.

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