WASHINGTON -- Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney split six states and dueled
for supremacy in Ohio on a Super Tuesday that stretched from one end
of the country to the other in the most turbulent Republican
presidential race in a generation.
Santorum's broke through in primaries in Oklahoma and Tennessee and in
the North Dakota caucuses. Romney had a home-state win in
Massachusetts to go with victories in Vermont and Virginia.
Ohio was the marquee matchup of the night, a second industrial state
showdown in as many weeks for the two rivals. Of all the Super Tuesday
states, it drew the most campaigning and television advertisements,
and for good reason -- no Republican has ever won the White House
without carrying the state in the fall.
With votes tallied in 85 percent of the state's precincts, Santorum
led Romney by fewer than 2,000 votes out of more than 1 million cast.
The other Republicans trailed far behind: 15 percent for Newt Gingrich
and 9 percent for Ron Paul.
Gingrich had a victory in his column -- his first win in more than six
weeks. He triumphed at home in Georgia, but had to share the