12:25: I don’t care what the networks say, Save Jerseyans, but Mitt Romney won Ohio tonight (the Associated Press agrees). He’s up 12k votes with 96% reporting.
Romney may end tonight with 200+ new delegates from 10 different states. He’s the popular vote winner in 5 of 10 (Alaska is still outstanding owing to the time difference).
The Romney campaign believes Ohio should’ve been called long ago. I agree! Congrats to the former Governor…
12:05: The networks are still reluctant to call it, but Romney is now out in front with a 7k vote Ohio lead.
Santorum is unlikely to close that margin…
11:15 p.m. – There you have it… MITT ROMNEY has won Idaho; he’s up by 5k with 90% reporting in Ohio
11:10 p.m. – Romney has officially taken the lead in Ohio by just under 2k votes and climbing. His margin in Cuyahoga Co. (Cleveland) is up to 18%. That’s where he needs to be.
11:05 p.m. – Romney down 2k votes in official total; CNN’s unofficial count places him AHEAD by 3k. Wow…
11:01 p.m. – Keep watching the county breakdowns for clues, Save Jerseyans. Trumball County in Northeastern Ohio is a key bellwether; Romney leads Santorum there by about 125 votes…
– Rapid narrowing! Now Romney down just 2.2k votes in #Ohio w. 85% reporting… live totals…
10:39 p.m. – Significant narrowing Ohio as suburbs/metro areas are tabulated… Santorum now up by only 7k with 79% reporting. No one seems to know IF Mitt can catch up. It’s going to be close…
10:28 p.m. – FLASHBACK: Huckabee got 335,356 votes in the ’08 Ohio Primary; McCain won with 656,687.
10:18 p.m. – Santorum is projected to win the North Dakota caucuses by CNN…
10:04 p.m. Santorum leads by about 10,000 votes in Ohio with 60% reporting; big cities and suburban areas are starting to come in… will that boost Mitt and put him back on top? Or is Santorum’s lead in conservative rural Ohio too much to overcome?
8:44 p.m. What have we learned so far tonight, Save Jerseyans? Conventional wisdom is typically on-point. No surprises at all so far, although some Romney folks held out hopes for an upset in Tennessee. We may not have a final word on Ohio until at least 10 p.m.
8:37 p.m. …AND Rick Santorum is the winner in Tennessee.
8:13 p.m. – Romney leading bellwether Montgomery, Warren and Hamilton counties in Ohio… leads statewide by 3-points as of now…
8:00 p.m. – Two more calls: Mitt Romney wins his “home” state of Massachusetts tonight; again, no surprises yet tonight.
Meanwhile, Santorum wins Oklahoma.. not a huge surprise. It was his most likely win tonight.
7:46 p.m. – Romney up by just a couple in Ohio… only a few precincts tabulated thus far…
7:40 p.m. –
CNN has a great rolling delegate scorecard here
. What we know at this second (which isn’t much):
Romney – 223
Santorum – 86
Gingrich – 46
Paul – 39
7:30 p.m. – Voters in Ohio who voted for the most electable candidate went with Romney. Ones that cared about “moral character” stuck with Santorum…
7:26 p.m. – FOX calls Vermont for Romney…
7:16 p.m. – NBC calls Virginia for Romney…
More results below the fold…
7:15 p.m. – Everyone on cable is unable to conceal how they’re DYING to see Mitt Romney lose tonight so this thing can drag on… half ideological, half ratings… it’s gross.
7:07 p.m. – Exit polls show Mitt Romney winning Virginia’s two-way contest over Ron Paul, 63% to 37%. No network call at this time…
7:01 p.m. – They just called Georgia for Gingrich. No surprise there! We’ll wait to see how many delegates he nets from it; GA is tonight’s largest prize from a delegate point of view, but it hosts an open proportional contest for its 76 delegates.
6:57 p.m. – Polls in Georgia, Virginia and Vermont close at 7:00 p.m. GA will be a win for Newt; the only question is by how much. The later two will be in Romney’s column. Click here to read my Super Tuesday Eve state-by-state analysis if you missed it.
The key tonight? Delegates, not states. Heading into tonight, Romney leads his closest competitor (Santorum) by approximately 100 delegates. Mathematics becomes an increasingly daunting obstacle for Mitt Romney’s opponents tomorrow morning if the former governor’s lead grows to 200-300 delegates after tonight….