Republican presidential candidates continued their fight for delegate votes across the country as 10 states cast their votes in the first Super Tuesday event of the 2012 presidential campaign.
Throughout the day on March 6, citizens across the country in Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia cast their votes for the next Republican presidential candidate of the United States.
Although many of the precincts were still counting votes, at presstime Mitt Romney had claimed 59 percent of the vote in Virginia, 40 percent in Vermont and 72 percent in Massachusetts. Newt Gingrich claimed 48 percent of the vote in Georgia and Rick Santorum had 45 percent in Tennessee and 34 percent in Oklahoma.
With tight polls in Oklahoma, and only 17 percent of precincts reporting, the call was yet to be made on a victor. However, at presstime, Santorum was ahead with 39 percent of the vote.
Alaska, North Dakota and Idaho had not yet reported.
By March 7, after a busy day in politics, Republican candidates will have increased their delegate count and come one step closer to the Republican nomination. According to the Associated Press, Romney is still the favorite nominee with 273 delegates, Santorum coming in second with 108 delegates, Gingrich with 62 and Ron Paul with 25.
Recognizing his decline in the polls since his win in South Carolina, Gingrich is still determined to finish the race.
“There are lots of bunny rabbits that run through,” Gingrich told USA Today. “I am the tortoise.”
Santorum looks forward to continuing in the political race as well, and said he feels confident about the final results.
“I’m looking forward to connecting with voters in Kansas, Mississippi, Alabama & Missouri during the next week,” Santorum tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “If you give me opportunity, I will fight for you.”
Despite his opponent’s dedication and his fight against Santorum to stay on top, Romney holds his ground and is determined to make a change.
“I want to restore those principles and America’s promise,” Romney posted Tuesday. “We’re going to take back the White House. We’re going to take back our country.”