Ohio’s Republican primary will be held on March 6, 2012, otherwise known as Super Tuesday. Other primaries that day include Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia. Ohio’s 66 delegates will be awarded proportionally. It will be one of the states to watch and the Santorum/Romney match up should be key.
If Romney fails to win Ohio, some will begin to see a Midwest weakness casting even bigger doubts on him as a potential nominee. The latest polling as of February 15 had Santorum up by 18%, 42 – 24. Gingrich was next at 13%, with Paul at 10%.
Santorum has been campaigning aggressively in the state. The tightening of the contest in Michigan likely caused Romney to place more focus there than planned. He does not want to be perceived as having lost his home state.
COLUMBUS — Presidential candidate Rick Santorum may be in Hamilton County next week, continuing what so far has been the most aggressive effort by any of the candidates to win the Ohio primary on March 6. He spent three days crisscrossing the state this past weekend and looks to spend a few more going into Super Tuesday, when Ohio and 10 other states begin voting in primaries and caucuses.
There are 85 delegates available. In 2008, McCain won with 60% to Huckabee’s 31%. Romney had already exited the race by then.