Sunday, March 11, 2012

GOP Candidates Looking for Southern Comfort

Posted By on Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Mitt Romney may be leading in delegates—he won six of 10 Super Tuesday contests—but it doesn't appear that he'll be cruising to the Republican presidential nomination anytime soon.

Following a Saturday in which Romney picked up wins in Wyoming and some territorial Islands—Guam, Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands—Rick Santorum won the big prize by swamping Romney and other challengers in Kansas.

But Romney, Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul now turn to the deep South, where a pair of tight races in Alabama and Mississippi will be played out on Tuesday. Hawaii also holds its GOP contest on Tuesday.

To date, Romney has secured 454 delegates, Santorum has 217, Gingrich has 107 and Paul has 47. A candidate must win 1,144 to clinch the Republican presidential nomination at the party's national convention in Tampa in August.

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