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'Super Tuesday' voting begins in Ohio

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-03-06

Polls opened in the pivotal US state of Ohio on "Super Tuesday" in which a total of 10 states vote for the Republican nomination for the 2012 US presidential election. Rick Perry is battling to defend his lead against Rick Santorum.

AFP - Polls opened in the US battleground state of Ohio on "Super Tuesday," as 10 states were set to vote on the biggest day yet in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Frontrunner Mitt Romney hoped to keep momentum on his side and deliver a major blow to chief rival Rick Santorum as the two candidates waged a closely fought battle over Ohio, seen as the biggest prize of the day.

Harry Young, a 60-year-old engineer, voted moments after polls opened at 6:30 am (1130 GMT) in Dublin, Ohio, outside the capital Columbus.



He told AFP he pulled the lever for Rick Santorum, a Christian conservative, "basically because of values."

But he wasn't entirely confident that either Santorum or Romney would be able to carry the day against President Barack Obama, a Democrat, in November's general election.

"I'm not sure either of them can do it at this point, they've been beating each other up so much," he said.

Hank McCormick, 65, a precinct manager for the polling station, said he voted for Romney.

"I want a businessman in there, someone who understands profit and loss and who can beat the opponent (Obama)," he said, referring to Romney's background as a venture capitalist.

SUPER TUESDAY FIGURES

Delegates up for grabs: 419

Delegates needed for the nomination: 1,144

Delegates already won: Romney, 203; Santorum, 92; Gingrich, 33; Paul, 25
 



"Three and a half years ago, everybody was looking for some change. Now I'm looking for a reverse."

More than 400 delegates are up for grabs on Super Tuesday -- nearly 40 percent of the total needed to secure the nomination.
 

Date created : 2012-03-06

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