Mitt Romney was the clear victor in yesterday's Super Tuesday battle, but once again, Rick Santorum caused him some trouble.
Romney won the states of Alaska, Idaho, Vermont, Virginia, and Massachusetts. He also eked out a win in Ohio, but the race was so close that he didn't learn of his win there until early this morning.
Meanwhile, Rick Santorum won in Tennessee, North Dakota, and Oklahoma, while Newt Gingrich, as predicted, took his home state of Georgia.
We're asking our political bloggers what they think of yesterday's outcome -- and we'd also like to know what you think.
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What do all these wins mean?
Well, for one thing, even though Romney has now won three times as many delegates as his challengers, Santorum's victories prove that Romney still hasn't made a strong connection with Republican voters. He may be the frontrunner, but his larger challenge will be uniting the Republican party if he emerges as the Republican nominee. Political experts now are predicting the battle between GOP candidates will continue on at least through June.
Ohio was viewed as the most important win of the evening. Even though Romney won there, pundits pointed to the fact that that win cost him several million dollars, while Rick Santorum spent barely a million dollars in Ohio and very nearly won it anyway.
Santorum continues to have a firm grip on social and religious conservatives. His camp now is reportedly making noise that it's time for Newt Gingrich to drop out of the race, allowing Santorum to consolidate that social conservative vote.
After last night's win in Georgia, though, Newt Gingrich's flagging energy appeared to be renewed. He vowed to keep fighting, comparing himself once again to the tortoise, remaining slow and steady in his efforts to win, while the other "rabbits" around him race to the finish line.
Ron Paul has yet to win a single state in the race, but he appears to be running at this point to send a message to Washington that a large number of people want real, radical change in the federal government.
With voters in almost three dozen more states still set to cast their ballots in this race over the next four months, it will be interesting to see how this battle plays out.
Here's how our Moms Matter political bloggers reacted to Super Tuesday:
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