As “Super Tuesday” gets underway with Republican primaries in 10 U.S. states, all eyes are set on the uneasy frontrunner, Mitt Romney. His victories last week in Michigan, Arizona and Washington make him the favourite to win the most delegates today—but he is Romney, after all. Anything could happen.
Candidates are after 419 delegates today. In all a candidate must secure 1,144 delegates to get the Republican nomination.
The New York Times‘ Nate Silver offers a handy guide to potential Super Tuesday outcomes. Silver’s prediction?
Mitt Romney: 224 delegates
Newt Gingrich: 87 delegates
Rick Santorum: 76 delegates
Ron Paul: 25 delegates
Meanwhile, CNN’s Paul Steinhouser recommends we keep an eye on Ohio, as this state could hold the key to who can win the rest of the country’s votes:
Georgia has the most delegates up for grabs on Tuesday but Ohio, because of its status as a crucial battleground state in the general election, is getting the most traffic on the ground and on the airwaves from Romney and his chief rival, former Sen. Rick Santorum.