Oklahoma and Tennessee Go to Santorum, Newt Wins Georgia

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The results are mostly in…
Romney and Santorum win three states each–

Story By Laura Meckler

Mitt Romney won a trio of easy victories in Virginia, Vermont and Massachusetts Tuesday as he looked to take a commanding lead in the Republican presidential race. Rick Santorum took Tennessee and Oklahoma, and Newt Gingrich notched a home-field win in Georgia, as both men worked to revitalize their campaigns.

Together, 10 states scattered across the country hosted Super Tuesday contests, the biggest day yet in the fight for the right to challenge President Barack Obama this fall. There were signs of primary fatigue among Republicans, who feared the drawn-out contest was hurting the GOP’s chances in November.

Ohio, a critical state in the general election, was the spotlight race, with Mr. Romney running close to former Mr. Rick Santorum, who saw his Ohio lead erode. The former Pennsylvania senator was hoping a win there would infuse his campaign with new momentum.

No matter the results, the Romney campaign said it was prepared for a long race measured by delegates won. “This is a process of gathering enough delegates to become the nominee, and I think we’re on the track to have that happen,” Mr. Romney said Tuesday in Belmont, Mass., where he cast his own ballot…

Attention had also been focused on Tennessee, where Mr. Santorum led polls. Mr. Romney’s supporters had hoped a win there would show support in the South, a region where he has struggled.

Mr. Santorum, who has emphasized social issues and blue-collar economics as he works to attract conservatives unhappy with Mr. Romney, also won in Oklahoma.

All the primary states finished voting by 8 p.m. Eastern. North Dakota, Idaho and Alaska were holding caucuses, with results expected late Tuesday night or early Wednesday….

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