Voters head to the polls today in 10 states for what is known as “Super Tuesday.” States holding primaries are Ohio, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Oklahoma, Idaho, North Dakota and Alaska. On Monday, Mitt Romney campaigned in Ohio, where he is in a close race with Rick Santorum.
Mitt Romney: “I look at this campaign right now, and I see a lot of folks all talking about lots of things, but what we need to talk about to defeat Barack Obama is getting good jobs and scaling back the size of government, and that’s what I do.”
Up for grabs today are 437 delegates. Newt Gingrich is expected to win his home state of Georgia with 76 delegates. Romney is expected to easily win Virginia since only he and Ron Paul qualified for the ballot. Santorum has been campaigning hard to win in Ohio.
Rick Santorum: “Don’t listen to the polls. Don’t listen to all the media hype and all the things about what this race is about. Just focus in on whether we want a man who can stand up and paint a very different vision for this country, someone who’s got a principled record, someone who’s willing to go out and talk about all the issues that are confronting this country — all of the issues, not just how we’re going to manage the economy better. This country is more than just the economy.”
In other campaign news, Romney’s wife is coming under scrutiny after she said, “I don’t even consider myself wealthy.” The Romneys are worth at least $250 million. Mitt Romney recently faced a backlash after he said his wife drove “a couple of Cadillacs.” Voters will be deciding a number of other issues today. In Ohio, there is a closely watched primary House race between two longtime members of Congress: Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich. Meanwhile, in Vermont, voters in 50 towns will be voting on local resolutions challenging corporate personhood and the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.