Romney extends lead, but race drags on

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Romney walked away from Super Tuesday as the biggest winner, including narrowly snatching up the prized victory in Ohio. The morning-after, he said he feels “pretty darn good” about it.

In addition to Ohio, NBC News projected Romney as the winner in Vermont, Massachusetts, Idaho, Virginia, Alaska and Wyoming. This marks a clear turning point in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination.

NBC News projections show Santorum won Tennessee, Oklahoma and North Dakota. Only a few thousand votes separated him and Romney in Ohio — a strong showing considering Team Romney dumped much more money into it. And winning in his home state, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich won Georgia.

Romney has a 2-to-1 advantage in convention delegates over his current rival Rick Santorum. No other candidates seem willing to drop out just yet.

“We’re going to win a few, we’re going to lose a few. But as it looks right now, we’re going to get at least a couple gold medals and a whole passel full of silver medals,” Santorum said last night. “We have won in the West and the Midwest and the South, and we’re ready to win across this country.”

Romney hasn’t been able to put the primary race to bed, even though he’s winning the numbers game. He said today he’s got the time, resources and a plan to see his campaign through November and again dismissed talk of a brokered convention in August.

“There’s not going to be a brokered convention where some new person comes in,” Romney told CNBC. “It’s going to be one of the four people already running.”

Sarah Palin is waiting in the wings and “open” to possibilities, she would like you to know, hint hint, should there be a brokered convention.

Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Ohio

Romney extends lead, but race drags on

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