Just in: With 85 percent of Ohio’s vote counted, the race is tightening: Santorum and Romney are now tied at 37 percent. That’s because a close look at the map suggests the 15 percent of the vote yet to be counted is in the larger cities of Cleveland, Akron and Columbus, where Romney is ahead of Santorum by up to 10 percentage points in each of those areas. Conclusion: Look for a Romney surge, and a race that goes to Romney.
Here’s another interesting aspect of the Super Tuesday story: While Gingrich may win only in Georgia, he currently is claiming 42 delegates tonight, compared to just 38 for Santorum, 10 for Ron Paul, and 112 for Romney. That’s because of the various rules each state has.
If Ohio does go to Romney, the headlines will be dramatically different: that would be six states for Romney, three for Santorum, one for Gingrich and Alaska up for grabs.
Actually, with 86 percent of the votes counted, it’s Romney 38 and Santorum 37.