Super Tuesday 2012

Mitt Romney has won in six of the 10 states where Republicans held primaries or caucuses on Super Tuesday. The race was especially close in Ohio, a bellwether state where Romney managed just a 1% lead over Rick Sanctorum. “No Republican candidate has won the presidency in modern times without carrying Ohio, with the exception of Richard Nixon,” said Cleveland State University political scientist Joel Lieske in a news report.

Mitt Romney carried Vermont with 40% of the vote; Virginia (60%); Ohio (38%); Massachusetts (72%), where he was governor, by a landslide; Idaho (62%) and Alaska (33%).

Rick Sanctorum carried North Dakota (40%), Oklahoma (34%) and Tennessee (37%).

Newt Gingrich carried his home state, Georgia (47%).

Here’s how the candidates fared in the 10 states on Super Tuesday. The figures indicate the percentage of votes won by each candidate. The tick marks show which candidate won which state.

Super Tuesday 2012 results
Super Tuesday 2012 results

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Game Change: Obama, Hillary, McCain

Hillary Clinton did not want to be Secretary of State when Barack Obama offered her the job — and one reason she gave was her husband,

John Heilemann and Mark Halperin in their book, Game Change, describe Obama's midnight meeting with Hillary in Washington two weeks after he won the presidential election in November 2008:

It's not going to work, an anguished Hillary said… You don't want me, you don't want all these stories about you and me. You don't want the whole circus…

Hillary, look, you're exactly right, Obama said… But the thing is, the economy is a much bigger mess than we'd ever imagined it would be, and I'm gonna be focused on that for the next two years. So I need someone as big as you to do this job… I need someone I can trust implicitly, and you're that person…

You know my husband, she said…You know I can't control him, and at some point he'll be a problem…

I know, Obama replied. But I'm prepared to take that risk…

Hillary announced her decision to be Secretary of State the next morning. The book concludes:

It was November 20. The election was sixteen days in the past. But today, Obama had pulled off the grandest game change of all. On the brink of great power and awesome responsibility, he and Clinton were on the same side.

If the ending seems star-struck, the book is anything but…

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