POSTED: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 9:15pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 9:19pm
It’s a Super Tuesday split result!! Rick Santorum has jolted the GOP with a pair of wins. Mitt Romney has taken four states so far. Newt Gingrich won Georgia but the big prize -Ohio- is turning out to be a nail biter. As of 9:00 pm MST, it’s too close to call, but it will be the tiebreaker Tuesday night. Political experts the polling to go late and down to a handful of votes.
Meanwhile, Rick Santorum's already grabbed the title of comeback kid. He appeared early to celebrate victories in Oklahoma and Tennessee with six wins since January plus North Dakota tonight. As of 9:00 pm MST, he was leading in Ohio.
"We have won in the west, the midwest and the south,” Santorum said. “We're ready to win across this country!"
Santorum, a fiscal and proud social conservative, can make a new claim: electability.
"We need a person running against president Obama who is right on the issues and truthful with the American public," he said.
Mitt Romney had to talk up his uncontested wins in Virginia, Vermont and at home in Massachusetts.
"..And I'm not gonna let you down,” Romney said “I'm gonna get this nomination."
He must still wait to get the all-important verdict from Ohio.
"I stand ready to lead our party and I stand ready to lead our nation to prosperity," he said.
But Romney faced a fresh challenge. Newt Gingrich won his home state of Georgia, heading into more southern primaries.
"I want you to know, in the morning we are going on to Alabama," Gingrich said.
Ron Paul was also hoping for delegates Tuesday night.
Mitt Romney faces the old question: why he can't he close the deal and the end the race?
Meanwhile, Rick Santorum faces a new question: Can he seize solid front-runner standing?
Voters awaited the answers and the results of a Republican race sure to be dragged out because of the Super Tuesday split result.