Mitt Romney Has Disappointing Super Tuesday, Wins Several Caucus States

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 5, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Mitt Romney Has Disappointing Super Tuesday, Wins Several Caucus States

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 5,

Washington, DC ( — Mitt Romney had a disappointing Super Tuesday as he failed to win any southern states or California, where he spent an inordinate amount of time and money trying to gather Republican votes. Romney captured his home state of Massachusetts, Utah and several other western states with Mormon voters and caucuses.

The governor shrugged off the showing and said he would remain in the race and fight in the states that vote next in the presidential election.

"The one thing that’s clear is that this campaign is going on,” he said Tuesday night.

"There some people who thought it was all going to be done tonight," said Romney. "But it’s not all going to be done. We’re going to keep battling, we’re going to go all the way to the convention and we’re going to win the White House.”

Romney is the former governor of Massachusetts and won his home state, but with a much smaller percentage of the vote than political observers expected.

He received the support of 51 percent of Republicans while John McCain, who stuck his finger in Romney’s eye by campaigning there, got 41 percent of the vote.

Utah Republicans rewarded Romney with 89 percent of the vote in a state that neither of his rivals devoted any attention to given his former residency there.

Elsewhere in the country, Romney fared well in western states that held caucuses instead of primaries.

In Colorado, Romney won 60 percent of the caucus votes while McCain and Huckabee failed to pass the 20 percent mark. He also won in Minnesota where 42 percent of Republicans sided with him and McCain and Huckabee finished in a close race for second.

Montana also went to Romney with 38 percent while the other three candidates split the remainder and North Dakota GOP voters gave Romney 36 percent of the vote and also splitting the remainder among McCain, Huckabee and Ron Paul.