Republican Candidates Make Final Pitches Before ‘Super Tuesday’

Posted March 5th, 2012 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Republican presidential candidates are fanning out across a number of key states as they try to rally support ahead of the so-called “Super Tuesday” set of primaries and caucuses.

Voters in 10 states will take part in nominating contests as Republicans move closer to selecting their candidate to face President Barack Obama, a Democrat, in the November election.

Super Tuesday features a diverse set of states with 419 delegates at stake — roughly equal to the total number number of delegates contested so far. A candidate needs 1,144 delegates to secure the nomination.

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are focusing their public events Monday to the closely watched state of Ohio. Opinion polls there show Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, and Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, in a virtual tie.

Romney leads the delegate count so far, and has won five consecutive contests heading into Tuesday.

Meanwhile, former House speaker Newt Gingrich is scheduled to continue a string of national media appearances, while also holding events in Oklahoma and Tennessee. Polls show Gingrich with a large lead in his home state of Georgia.

Ron Paul, a congressman from Florida, is campaigning in Idaho, after making stops Sunday in Alaska.

The other states taking part in Super Tuesday include Massachusetts, North Dakota, Vermont and Virginia.