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The GOP Race After Super Tuesday

The verdict of Super Tuesday. 10 states. More than 400 Republican delegates, and how they fall.

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney listens as South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley introduces him before a campaign event, Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, in Conway, S.C. (AP)

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney listens as South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley introduces him before a campaign event, Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, in Conway, S.C. (AP)

We love to say “super”, and we love big maps with different colors. So Super Tuesday, with its presidential primary contests from Georgia to Alaska, is bound to wind us up.

But the Super Tuesday reality last night – the verdict from Republican voters across the country – was anything but a thunderous slam dunk. Mitt Romney got his wins and his Ohio, by a whisker. But there was Rick Santorum, with his wins and his Tennessee waltz. And Gingrich, still marching in Georgia. It’s a split decision and a rugged road.

This hour, On Point: Super Tuesday, and the GOP’s battle within.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for The Washington Post.

Cynthia Tucker, visiting professor at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She spent 20 years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as an editorial board member and syndicated columnist.

Whit Ayres, republican pollster, he is president of North Star Opinion Research.

From Tom’s Reading List

Politico “Will Mitt Romney smack down Rick Santorum in Ohio, or will it go the other way around? Will Newt Gingrich be relegated to the status of regional candidate with a single-state win in Georgia? Does anyone remember Ron Paul’s caucus strategy?”

New York Times “Republicans cast their votes in 10 states on Tuesday to help decide how to award the biggest batch of delegates so far in the party’s presidential nominating contest, with Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum engaged in a particularly competitive fight in Ohio.”

Washington Post “As the four remaining Republican presidential candidates head into the most consequential voting day yet, each positioned himself Monday for a breakout moment that so far has proved elusive.”

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