Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 9:36 PM PT (David Jarman): Just a recap, as the night starts to rumble to a close. With Romney having just been called the winner in Ohio by the AP and NBC, that brings his list of victories on the night to 5 (also Massachusetts (his home state), Virginia (where the major opposition screwed up getting on the ballot), Idaho (with its huge Mormon population), and Vermont (the last place where moderate Republicans still roam the countryside freely). Rick Santorum won Oklahoma, Tennessee, and North Dakota, while Newt Gingrich won his ostensible home state of Georgia. That leaves only Alaska outstanding. (Can grizzled 1890s prospector Ron Paul strike gold there?)
Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 9:55 PM PT (David Nir): Now Jean Schmidt can go back to her day job: being Evel Knievel.
Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 10:02 PM PT (James L): We've got a trickle of votes in from Alaska (4% reporting), and so far, Romney has a 37-26 lead on Santorum, with Paul lagging behind at 23.
Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 10:04 PM PT (James L): CNN just stuck a fork in Ohio, calling it for Romney. Come on, feel the noise (of an underwhelming primary victory)!
Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 10:21 PM PT (David Jarman): Here's an amusing postscript to the Oklahoma primary... on the Democratic side: Barack Obama only hit 57% in that state. (Remember that Oklahoma was his poorest-performing state in the 2008 general, so they particularly have it in for him there.) Anti-abortion wacko Randall Terry was his main opposition, but actually hit 18% of the vote there, and under Oklahoma's 15% threshold, that's actually enough for Terry to get one delegate! Terry won 15 counties, and in three counties, Obama finished third behind Terry and Some Dude. (Guess which county is in line to get the first-ever FEMA re-education camp?)
Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 10:28 PM PT (David Jarman): The count is picking up a little more speed in Alaska, where 16% are now reporting. Ron Paul is closing the gap a little, in second place now. It's Romney 32, Paul 25, Santorum 23, and Gingrich 20. (Alaska doesn't have counties and just reports as one glob, so we can't make any estimates about what votes are from where.)
Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 10:52 PM PT (James L): We're now up to 31% reporting in Alaska, and Santorum is now nipping at Romney's heels, with Mitt holding on to a 33-30 lead.