In the first four contests of Super Tuesday's 10-state showdown, Mitt Romney has won the Virginia, Massachusetts, and Vermont primaries, while Newt Gingrich has won his home state of Georgia.
The results are still coming in for all four states, but early exit polls suggest that Romney will win both states, but not as decisively as he had hoped.
Mitt Romney will not win the threshold number of votes required to take all of Vermont's delegates, according to CNN's exit poll. Both Ron Paul and Rick Santorum were over the 20 percent mark required to receive delegates there. According to the state's quirky voting system, if a candidate wins at least 50 percent of the vote, he'll win all the delegates. If no one receives a majority, then delegates will be allocated on a propotional basis.
If the current results stand, Romney will carry about 8 to 10 delegates of the 17 that Vermont award, compared to 4 or 5 for Paul and 4 for Santorum.
In Virginia, Mitt Romney beat out his only GOP rival in the state, Ron Paul. But Paul performed much better than expected, but Paul is projected to finish much better than had been expected.
In Massachusetts, Romney's home state, Romney is expected to win without much contest.
Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich has the Georgia primary, according to preliminary exit polls. Gingrich had staked the future of his campaign on winning Georgia, his home state, and his victory gives new life to his presidential chances.
The final results are still coming in, but according to Intrade, Newt Gingrich has a 99 percent chance of winning the Georgia primary.
Gingrich spent the past several days in his home state, banking on winning his home state. Early Tuesday, he told the New York Times, "I think we'll carry Georgia decisively. I think our margin here will be four or five times the size of Romney's margin in Michigan. I think we'll get most of the delegates here.''
Gingrich will now try to take his campaign to Alabama and Mississippi, in a "southern strategy."
The next states to report will be Tennessee and Oklahoma (polls closed at 8 p.m. EST).
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