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Romney Wins Ohio Primary, 6 States In All

Last updated on Wednesday, March 7, 2012

(WASHINGTON)(WTHR13) - Mitt Romney is adding one more victory to his Super Tuesday showing - the Alaska caucuses.

Ron Paul came in second in Alaska, finishing the 10-state Super Tuesday without a single victory.

Romney won Ohio's Republican presidential primary, narrowly defeating Rick Santorum in the most critical and hard-fought of the Super Tuesday contests.

In all, Romney has gained victories in six Super Tuesday states. The other states he's won are Massachusetts, Vermont, Virginia and Idaho.

Santorum has won Tennessee, Oklahoma and North Dakota, while Newt Gingrich has won his home state of Georgia.

Gingrich captured the primary in his former home state of Georgia - where he had acknowledged that a defeat would be a major setback to his campaign. The former House speaker says he has survived an establishment effort to end his campaign. He plans to stump Wednesday in Alabama and Mississippi.

Santorum fight tight in Ohio

Republican Rick Santorum says "this was a big night tonight" and is calling the day's biggest race in Ohio "too close to call."

Santorum on Tuesday told supporters that "we're going to win a few and we're going to lose a few." But he delivered his remarks in a congressional district where he didn't appear on the ballot, underscoring the challenges facing his ragtag campaign.

Santorum was heavily outspent by his rivals and he says his campaign "went up against enormous odds." He says he overcame obstacles and vowed to continue his campaign to defend liberty.

Santorum won contests in Tennessee and Oklahoma and was running close behind Mitt Romney in Ohio, the biggest medal among the 10 states going to the polls on the campaign's biggest day so far.

Romney: "I'm going to get this nomination"

Mitt Romney is declaring "I'm going to get this nomination" as Republicans in 10 states had contests to pick a challenger to President Barack Obama.

Romney on Tuesday congratulated rivals Newt Gingrich for his win in home state Georgia and Rick Santorum for wins in Oklahoma and Tennessee. Contests are still going elsewhere on the single largest day of voting so far in the nominating battle.

Romney is telling supporters that it's been a long road getting to Super Tuesday and, in his words, "my opponents have worked very hard."

Romney is keeping most of his election night remarks honed on Obama, again criticizing the incumbent he wants to vote from office in November. He warns supporters that Obama would be "unrestrained" if he wins a second term and would trample Americans' freedoms.

Gingrich predicts comeback

Rewarded with a home state win, Republican Newt Gingrich cast the presidential campaign as a contest between elites and Main Street and says that Americans are rewarding his "power of ideas."

Gingrich won Georgia's primary on Tuesday as nine other states decided the GOP contender they want to face President Barack Obama's re-election bid. Gingrich had cast Georgia as a firewall and it gave him his first win since his last victory during Jan. 21's South Carolina primary.

Gingrich says that elites in the GOP tried "to kill us this summer" but he says "we are not going to allow the elites to decide who we are going to nominate." Gingrich says his campaign's collapse during the summer didn't end him, nor will shortcoming in latest contests.

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