SUPER TUESDAY SHOWDOWN: Mitt Romney Wins Ohio Nail-Biter

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Super Tuesday is all but over, and it was quite a wild night. The four remaining Republican candidates went head to head in 10 states Tuesday, duking it out for 400 delegates in the biggest day of the 2012 primary.

All eyes were on Ohio tonight, where Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum were locked in another political death match. Romney eventually managed to edge out his rival, but ultimately failed to pull out the decisive Super Tuesday victory he needed to lock up the GOP race. 

The former Massachusetts governor did manage to win handily in his home state, and also picked up strong, but relatively unsurprising, victories in Virginia, Vermont, and Idaho. He rounded out the night with a win in Alaska, a tossup state with relatively few delegates.

But Santorum also had a strong Super Tuesday, demonstrating his staying power in the 2012 race with impressive first-place victories in Oklahoma, Tennessee, and North Dakota. 

Elsewhere on the Super Tuesday map, Newt Gingrich’s zombie campaign made yet another comeback in Georgia, the former House Speaker’s homestate. Ron Paul is pulling off surprisingly strong second-place finishes in Virginia and Vermont, but struggled to pick up votes in the North Dakota and Idaho caucuses.

Check our liveblog for updates and results from the night. 

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