Republican hopefuls sprint to Super Tuesday

By Steve Peoples

Associated Press

Published: Monday, March 5 2012 2:05 a.m. MST

CORRECTS LOCATION-Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, right, waits for his wife, Callista, after speaking during the Ohio 5th Congressional District Lincoln-Reagan Day dinner at Bowling Green State University on Saturday, March 3, 2012 in Valdosta, Ga. Gingrich is staking his entire campaign on a big victory Tuesday in Georgia, where the onetime House speaker represented a suburban Atlanta district for 20 years.

Evan Vucci, Associated Press

CANTON, Ohio — Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are making last-minute appeals to Ohioans in a Rust Belt state where polls show a neck-and-neck race just one day before the Super Tuesday primary.

Ten states across all regions of the country will hold GOP nominating contests Tuesday.

Romney has a significant advantage in northeastern states like Vermont and Massachusetts and Santorum sees advantages in conservative states like Oklahoma. Ohio is a critical battleground that also has a history as a key general election swing state.

Santorum tells The Associated Press that Romney's inability to wrap up the nomination raises questions about whether he can beat President Barack Obama in November. He suggests that the GOP nomination may not be settled until this summer's party convention.

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