Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney may have pulled off a squeaker in the Michigan primary yesterday, but now he has an even bigger battle before him.
Usually, the big day is a time for candidates to do a convincing sweep of delegates and ensure a nomination. This year, not so much. “It’s a muddle,” said Jack Lindley, the Republican party chairman in Vermont, one of 10 primary and caucus states that will vote Tuesday, CNN reports. “Mitt Romney will probably pick up the most delegates on Super Tuesday and then it goes on, state by state, drip by drip. It’s like water torture.”
Ohio and Georgia have the most delegates to hand out, and neither one looks likely to go in Romney’s favor. Georgia seems to firmly favor former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who has a significant lead in recent polls. With more super PAC money coming into play as well, it may be hard for Romney to whittle that lead down.
Ohio is going to be a tough road for Romney, too. Santorum is already way ahead of him in the polls, leading him by double digits in the state. And with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, a Santorum supporter, actively campaigning against him, those numbers could get worse. “I think, we run these primaries for a reason and it’s become evident to me at least that he is not the strongest candidate we have to go against Obama in the fall.”
With many states in the Super Tuesday lineup proportionally allocating delegates, even a win isn’t a total “win,” as lots of split decisions could occur. A clear win by any candidate is unlikely, and the end result will be a greater divide within the Republican party.
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