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Mississippi, Alabama: Live Blog And Results

Filed by KOSU News in Politics.
March 13, 2012

As Mitt Romney has gained momentum in the polls, the big question tonight is whether he can win two southern states — Alabama, Mississippi — and solidify his place as Mitt the Inevitable.

Of course Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are looking for enough delegates to hang on another week.

Polls in the two Dixie primaries close at 8 p.m. ET and we should start seeing results shortly after. Hawaii and American Samoa are holding a caucuses, but those results won’t be known until early Wednesday morning.

We will live blog the results right here, so make sure to hit your refresh button for the latest. (We also have live county-by-county results in Mississippi and Alabama.)

Update at 6:25 p.m. ET. A Final Look At The Polls:

The last poll taken in both Alabama and Mississippi show tonight could be a nail biter:

– In Alabama, a poll released today by Capital Survey Research Center, has Romney over Gingrich by 1 percentage point and leading Santorum by 6. The margin of error is 4.4 percent.

– In Mississippi a Public Policy Polling poll released yesterday, has Gingrich over Romney by 2 percentage points. Santorum is 6 percentage points behind Gingrich.

Here’s how Dean Debnam, president of PPP, framed tonight’s primaries:

“About all we know for sure about Tuesday’s primaries is that Ron Paul will finish last in them. Beyond that it’s plausible that any of the candidates could finish between first and third in both Alabama and Mississippi.”

Update at 6:18 p.m. ET. What’s At Stake?

NPR’s Shirish Date sent along this helpful guide to tonight’s contests. The delegates at stake are:

– Alabama: 47

– Mississippi: 37

– Hawaii: 17

– American Samoa: 6

Each state, he adds, has three unpledged delegates and all three states “allocate delegates by congressional district and statewide, largely proportionally.”

We also have a fancy — but easy to use — delegate tracker here. You’ll see that so far 644 delegates have been awarded and here’s how that shakes out:

– Romney: 357

– Santorum: 143

– Gingrich: 111

– Paul: 31

1,144 delegates are needed to win the GOP nomination. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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