Ohio went for Romney in the wee hours this morning (and Alaska, despite Sarah Palin's support of another candidate), though it was basically a split decision between him and Rick Santorum. From the NYT:
But all eyes were on Ohio, which The Associated Press called for Mr. Romney early Wednesday morning, capping a turbulent night in which the results see-sawed both ways within a very tight range. Even around 1 a.m., Mr. Santorum’s campaign manager said he was still awaiting an assessment of provisional ballots that had not been counted before deciding to concede.
But at least Romney got the big battleground win, right? From Byron York at the Washington Examiner:
How weak? Well, in the 2008 Republican primary, John McCain won with 60 percent of the vote in a race against Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul. This time, in a four-man race, Romney could not crack 40 percent.
Dave Wiegel at Slate says everybody should stop their kvetching -- Romney lapped the field in the most important number last night:
That's 111 delegates, around one-third of Romney's overall total. It's more than Santorum won overall, because he failed to crack 40 percent in any state. In Tennessee, his biggest upset, he's won 25 of 55 delegates; that will increase, but not by too much. In Oklahoma, where Santorum once looked like he could win a majority, he won only 14 of 43 delegates. In North Dakota, he won 11 of 18 delegates. Put another way: In his big three wins, Santorum won only a few more delegates than Romney won in Virginia. The question for the rest of March is whether Romney can keep this up, scoring delegates in the states he loses, and finish up with wins in Puerto Rico and Illinois that put him more than 200 or 250 delegates ahead. (Louisiana's another story.)
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