Poll results have begun to come in on Super Tuesday. Ten states will be voting to award their delegates in the Republican presidential nomination. President Obama is running unopposed as the Democratic nominee. Former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has won the state of Georgia. Speaker Gingrich was expected to take the state as he had wide leads in most polls going in.
The polls have also closed in Virginia and Vermont as of the writing of this article, but the results are to early to call. Speaker Gingrich and Rick Santorum were not on the ballot in Viriginia, so the winner will either be Mitt Romney or Ron Paul. Romney had an early lead in both states.
Tight races were expected in both Ohio and Tennessee. Rick Santorum had been leading in Ohio, but Romney was on his tail the past few days. That state has been critical in previous elections. It is a crucial swing state. No Republican has ever become president without carrying Ohio, and no one has won the nomination since 1980 without winning the state.
This is the day most have predicted Mitt Romney would finally pull away from the pack. Now that is no longer a certainty. Changes in the rules that have most states awarding proportional representation of their delegates has made the task of winning the nomination much harder. There is a possibility that none of the nominees will have enough delegates to win the nomination after all of the primaries are over.
If that scenario plays out there will be a brokered convention. That would take place when the Republican National Convention is held from August 27-30 in Tampa, Florida. If this happens, the candidates and power brokers behind the scenes would negotiate to determine who the nominee would be. This is a nightmare scenario for the GOP as whatever nominee is chosen would have a very weak standing.
Rumors have persisted that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, or Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels could be chosen as the nominee if one of the current candidates fails to win the needed delegates to secure the nomination. That is probably a long shot. If Mitt Romney has the most delegates he will probably be awarded the nomination. Even he if fails to reach the needed amount of delegates he will have won the crucial swing state of Florida and possibly Virginia and Ohio.
This is an important night for the Republican party. It would greatly benefit them if one candidate, anyone at this point, takes control of the primaries. President Obama is gaining momentum, and barring more bad news between now and November could be quite formidable. The sooner they unite under one banner and begin to challenge him instead of each other, the better their chances will be.
**Update** Fox News now projects Mitt Romney will win both Virginia and Vermont.
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