Underscoring the continuing contentious and divided nature of national Republicans, the remaining GOP presidential candidates split the Super Tuesday contests amongst themselves, once again denying Gov. Mitt Romney (R) the decisive wins he would need to officially clinch the 2012 nomination.
Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Sen. Rick Santorum and Romney on Tuesday fought for more than 400 delegates in Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia.
Exit polls projected former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to win his home state of Georgia, with 45 percent of the vote. Romney was projected to pick up 26 percent, followed by Santorum with 20 percent and Paul with 8 percent. Gingrich picked up at least 23 of Georgia’s 76 delegates.
Romney was projected to win Virginia, where only himself and Paul appeared on the ballot. Gingrich and Santorum both failed to submit the 10,000 verifiable signatures needed to qualify.
Romney was also projected to win the Vermont primary and his home state Massachusetts.
Santorum will win Oklahoma, according to exit polls.
Presidential candidates need to obtain 1,144 delegates to win the Republican nomination.
[Ed. note: This post will be updated as results become available.]