Super Tuesday ends without clear winner

Thaddeus Mast

Ten races showed no real winner to emerge from Super Tuesday. Due to the delegate system in place this year, however, any win one candidate claims to make may have been a close race, and his “win” in terms of delegates may be just slightly more than the other nominees.

Political science professor Steffen Schmidt explained how the delegate system worked this year.

“The Republicans decided to allocate delegates to the convention proportionately to how well candidates do in the primaries,” Schmidt said.  “That means that even if Romney, now considered the front-runner, does very well, he will still only get a percentage of the delegates in these 10 states.”

Romney’s bigger wins included Massachusetts, his home state, and Virginia, where he ran against only Ron Paul. He should win most of the delegates for these states. He also won Vermont, but at less of a margin.

Another big win for Romney came from Ohio, where he took a late lead over Rick Santorum. According to the Associated Press, Romney secured 455,941 votes, 38 percent, and Santorum received 443,584 votes, 37 percent. [Corrected from: Rick Santorum’s biggest victory was Ohio, where he beat Romney by less than 5 percent.]

Santorum also won in Tennessee by less than 10 percent to a nearly tied Romney and Gingrich.

This hurt Romney, as he had a chance to do well here.

“He should have been able to compete better in Tennessee,” said Dianne Bystrom, director of the Catt Center for Women and Politics.

He also won in Oklahoma by more than 12 percentage points.

Newt Gingrich claimed his home state of Georgia in a clear victory, taking around half of the votes. A large amount of the delegates should go to him, with Santorum and Romney just clearing the 20 percent margin needed to win delegates. Gingrich said on his Twitter after the victory that this was a good way to “launch our March Madness.”

Paul might steal some delegates from Romney in Virginia and Vermont, something he has been doing for a while.

“Although [Ron Paul] is not winning, he is actually racking up delegates,” Bystrom said. “I don’t think he’s going to win, but he could cause a problem.

Even though more than 400 delegates were given, none of the candidates are near the necessary amount to win the nomination.

“After Super Tuesday, none of the four remaining candidates will be even close to having the necessary 1,144 delegates necessary to become the nominee of the party,” Schmidt said.