The Alabama and Mississippi primaries are being held tonight and as of almost 10 PM eastern, the results are still too close to call.
From the Hill:
Republicans are looking to the South for some clarity in their presidential nomination battle, with voters in Mississippi and Alabama headed to the polls Tuesday in what looks to be another close-fought pair of contests.
The polls closed at 8 p.m. ET in both states, but both contests were too close to predict a winner based on early results.
Surveys of the two states show the top three GOP presidential candidates all within points of each other, setting up another high-tension election night in the hard-fought GOP campaign.
But early reports indicate turnout was low, and thunderstorms sweeping across the region — which forced Newt Gingrich to cancel a planned campaign stop at the Birmingham zoo — only underscored the unpredictability and volatility of the race.
A win in one or both of the primaries could validate the continued presence of either Gingrich or Rick Santorum in the race, signaling their ability to coalesce conservative voters around their candidacies. For Mitt Romney, a victory in what he admitted was “a bit of an away game” could finally sew up the nomination.
As of almost 10 PM, Romney is in 3rd place in Mississippi, where he thought he would do well. Newt Gingrich is having an upbeat night but as of right now, he is not winning either of those states and he desperately needs to win one of them.
Two third place finishes for Romney will help disrupt the idea that he is the inevitable nominee and also that he can win the south.
To continue, Newt really needs to pull one of those two states out.
Interestingly Santorum is the only candidate with little up or really little down. No matter what, he is going to get delegates. Even if he wins, he does not win that much and if he loses, he still has not lost that much.
As of now, there are still a lot of votes to be counted. But so far it looks like it will not be a knock out for Santorum who had hoped to see Gingrich leave the race.
One thing is certain, this race goes on after tonight and the prospect of a brokered convention continues to grow.
I'm also an ABO but I think they are counting on enough of us to get the win. I'm afraid that may not be enough!
Newt has only begun to fight, folks!
In other news, a massive counteroffensive will sweep away the Russian brigands advancing on Berlin, the capital of our eternal and glorious Reich, and the American dogs will be crushed once and for all at Okinawa!
GIVE UP. It's over for Newt, all he's doing now is wasting other people's money and ushering Romney in.
Newt is right, and so is Judson. There is no reason for Newt to step down.
Santorum is no better than Romney. He is certainly no Conservative, just another religious man. Obama would wipe the floor with Santorum in the general election anyway.
Stay in the race, Newt.
So you want Romney to win the nomination?
I want Newt to win.
Barring a miracle, the only thing Newt accomplishes by staying in is taking votes from Santorum and giving Romney the win. Or basically doing what Ron Paul is doing.
According to the math, you can say the same about Santorum. I am not giving up yet.
Just looking at who is winning primaries and Newt is not.
True, but that could change. It doesn't look over to me. Still too close between Santorum and Newt.
It appears that most Santorum supporters would choose Newt over Romney, especially in the South. The westerners may support Newt over Santorum as well.
Miracles have been known to happen once or twice in MY lifetime so I'm sticking with Newt until HE says he's done. The problem is people are still listening to the media, which from the beginning have tried to tell us it was sown up for Mittens. Mittens kept pushing the narrative that Newt was going to drop RIGHT after this primary or that primary. Finally Newt got on and said it wasn't true. But in the meantime people were "afraid" to support him. HOW CAN HE WIN IF YOU DON'T SUPPORT HIM.... IF YOU DON'T CAST YOUR VOTE FOR HIM BUT JUST "HOPE" THAT HE WINS.
Remember the 2000 elections when they announced the polls were closed in Florida and projected it for Gore before the panhandle finished voting? The media conveniently forgot that the panhandle was in a different time zone so people just went home. That was a bunch of votes for Bush that were never cast and we would have avoided that whole pregnant chad fiasco.
Get real people!!! THIS is the time you fight for YOUR guy which means you fight until the bitter end! If he loses it's the fault of his supporters who were too afraid to do the right thing... who let the media call this election!
Deb, you are my kind of gal! THANK YOU for that well delivered blow for sanity!