Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

France's chronic unemployment problem

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Candidates Goodluck Jonathan and Mohamudu Buhari call for calm

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Anger at mental health stigmatisation after crash allegations

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Yemen, the Escalation; France's Three Way Race; Clarkson Shown the Exit (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Germanwings Crash; Co-pilot 'hid illness' on crash day (part 1)

Read more

#THE 51%

The extraordinary tale of the Egyptian mother who lived as a man

Read more

REPORTERS

Video: San Cristobal, Venezuela's tinderbox

Read more

FOCUS

Portugal: Anger at corruption scandals, one year after bailout

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

Bistronomy: Stylish and simple eating

Read more

Americas

'Super Tuesday' voting begins in Ohio

Video by Florence VILLEMINOT

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

  • CULTURE

    Hotly awaited film puts Sarah Palin back in spotlight

    Read more

  • US POLITICS

    Winner of Michigan and Arizona primaries: Obama?

    Read more

  • US POLITICS

    Mitt Romney seeks to stem rise of Rick Santorum

    Read more

COMMENT(S)