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Romney Says He'll Be Last Man Standing

Romney now has 415 delegates in the race to the White House following Super Tuesday's results.

Republican presidential-hopeful Mitt Romney said Wednesday he will be the last man standing by the time of the Republican National Convention in the summer.  

Romney won six states during the Super Tuesday elections.  Romney's political director said that Romney's wins means he is much more ahead than the popular votes indicate.  Romney leads with 415 delegates while Rick Santorum, who is in second place, has 176 delegates.  

Mitt Romney gives a speech in Ohio where he stressed the economy as the nation's biggest issue.
Mitt Romney gives a speech in Ohio where he stressed the economy as the nation's biggest issue.

In Ohio, where Romney and Santorum were neck and neck as the results came in, Romney has 38 percent of the vote to Santorum's 37 percent, with 98 percent reporting.  Romney had spent four time the amount that Santorum spent in that state.

Romney said he is "prepared to fight all the way."  He said he has the time, resources and plan.

Leaders supporting candidate Santorum said it is time for rival candidate Newt Gingrich to step down.  An advisor for the Red, White and Blue Fund said Gingrich is splitting the conservative vote.  The super political action committee has spent $3 million on TV ads to support Santorum.

Gingrich won the state of Georgia out of the ten state voting Tuesday.  Romney has the financial advantage over the other candidates.  He raised $11.5 million in February, compared to $9 million raised by Santorum last month. 

It was revealed early Wednesday morning that Romney narrowly won the hotly contested state of Ohio, where Santorum were neck and neck even as Super Tuesday ended.  Romney also won Massachusetts, Vermont, Virginia and Alaska. Santorum won in Oklahoma, North Dakota and Tennessee.  Rep. Ron Paul did not win any states on the crucial voting day.

419 delegates were at stake in the election.  Romney gained about 212 delegates after Tuesday's polls closed.  Santorum got 84 and Santorum received 72 delegates following the tallying of Tuesday's results.  Gingrich is campaigning today and tomorrow in Alabama and Mississippi.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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Romney Wins in Pivotal Primaries

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