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Santorum takes Moore County and Tennessee

Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 8:38 pm

As polls closed in the Moore County Presidential Primary at 7 p.m. on Monday night, national news media and exit polls predicted Mitt Romney would take Virginia and Vermont while Newt Gingrich pulled out a win in his home state of Georgia. The biggest prizes of Super Tuesday – Tennessee and Ohio – remained undecided along with Oklahoma, Alaska, Idaho, North Dakota and Massachusetts.

By the time the smoke cleared on Wednesday morning, Santorum had won three states including Tennessee, Oklahoma and North Dakota while Romney snagged six states including Alaska, Idaho, Massachusetts, Virginia, Vermont and Ohio. In Ohio, Romney won a narrow one percentage point victory with 453,927 votes compared to Santorum’s 441,908. The two candidates will split the states 41 delegates: Romney 29, Santorum 12. Ron Paul failed to capture any states.

In all, 419 delegates were at stake across the 10 states. Romney picked up at least 212 delegates during the night; Santorum got 84, Gingrich 72 and Paul at least 22. However, this leaves Romney well shy of the 1,144 delegate threshold he needs to reach before the convention to claim the nomination unchallenged.

In Moore County, Santorum was the clear winner with 326 votes. Gingrinch earned 207 votes while Romney garnered only 163. Paul picked up 61 votes in Moore County. In all, 806 of Moore County’s 4,464 registered voters turned out on Super Tuesday, that’s an 18 percent voter turnout.

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