March 7, 2012

Super Tuesday: Romney Barely Wins Ohio & Stumbles Toward Next Contest

Romney Operatives Cancelled The Huge Party - While Santorum, Gingrich and Paul Nip At Romney’s Heels
Last night was the night they planned to have a celebratory and raucous party, with handcrafted lemonade flown in from La Jolla, and organic iced tea from New Hampshire, an anonymous California donor shipped fish tacos from Rubios, and there was going to be a balloon drop that went on for days.


The former Governor of Massachusetts, Willard Mitt Romney, was hoping he could take a rest from the demands of the campaign trail. Super Tuesday was the night he would clinch the nomination, but a funny thing happened on the way to his Boston campaign headquarters. The no-alcohol victory party and celebration was cancelled. He didn’t finish the job. He has 32% of the delegates he needs to secure the nomination, and he might have to campaign until June to do it.

The bottom line is that Republican primary voters do not like Willard Mitt Romney.

Romney won 6 states to Rick 'Sicko' Santorum's 3, and Newtie Newt Gingrich brought up the rear with 1. A look at the delegate totals shows that while Romney has 62% of the delegates to date, and 32% of the delegates he needs to secure the nomination.

It was not a good night for Willard Mitt Romney. The headlines coast to coast all echo the same theme. Romney ekes out a win, but has a long way to go.

Today’s Headlines

The politico.com headline screams “Mitt Romney’s rough road to Tampa” and Jonathan Martin reported:

Mitt Romney’s weaknesses show no sign of going away.

He struggles in the South and with evangelical voters. He’s not conservative enough. He loses among rural voters and with voters down the economic scale.

All of his flaws were on full display Tuesday as he failed to wrap up the GOP nomination on an evening when it was within his grasp.

Romney’s still likely to be the GOP nominee. But Super Tuesday demonstrated again that getting to Tampa is going to prove longer and costlier than he and his advisers had hoped — a predicament that has Republicans increasingly anxious and President Barack Obama’s high command downright gleeful.










The Daily Beast Slog headline says “Romney Ekes Out Ohio Victory” and the article opens with:

It’s not over yet. Mitt Romney claimed the biggest Super Tuesday win in Ohio, barely eking out a victory with 38 percent of the vote to Rick Santorum’s 37.


Todd Spangler’s article in the Detroit Free Press has a banner headline that states “Romney wins Ohio squeaker, but no knockout blow on Super Tuesday.” Spangler wrote:

Mitt Romney emerged from Super Tuesday's 10 Republican primaries and caucuses as the overall winner in states and in delegates but failed to deliver the punch that could have established him as the clear-cut, overwhelming victor.


The Boston Herald headline reminds us that “Mitt Romney once again fails to KO Rick Santorum,” and Joe Battenfeld opines:

Super Tuesday failed to deliver a supersized win for Mitt Romney, and that’s a super letdown for Republicans hoping to end the divisive primary contest.

Once again, Romney failed to put away his opponents, even after a late surge propelled him to a narrow win over Rick Santorum in Ohio. That means the race will get longer and nastier, maybe all the way through the summer.


The Los Angeles Times lead headline shouts “Battle in Ohio reinforces GOP divide,” and adds “Mitt Romney's slim Super Tuesday victory over Rick Santorum brings little clarity to the race for the party's presidential nomination.”  Mark Z. Barabak writes:


Reporting from Columbus, Ohio— Mitt Romney squeezed past Rick Santorum to win Ohio's presidential primary, capturing the biggest Super Tuesday prize but raising enough doubts to quash hopes of quickly ending the Republicans' bruising nominating fight.

A week after the former Massachusetts governor seemed to take command of the presidential race with victories in Arizona and, more significantly, his native state of Michigan, the contest was pitched into renewed upheaval.

With more than 99% of the Ohio votes counted, Romney was clinging to a narrow lead of about 12,000 votes.

Romney’s SOL*


So what does this mean? The people voting for Romney are holding their noses while they do it. Willard Mitt Romney may win the war for the nomination, but he’s going to be bloodied and bruised in the battles, and may limp all the way to Tampa, if he gets there at all.

*shit out of luck


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