Quantcast

policy.Mic

Live: Tennessee Primary Results, Rick Santorum Wins Big

TENNESSEE LIVE UPDATE

8:50 p.m. Santorum wins big in Tennessee with over 40% of the vote. With that type of performance, Santorum is unlikely to drop out of the race anytime soon. Big timing!

8:17 p.m. Santorum leading with 42% to Romney's 31% with ~1% reporting. Looking good for Santorum.

8:10 p.m. Santorum leads in exit polls. CNN exit polls show Santorum 35%, Romney 28%, Gingrich 23%, Paul 11%. If Santorum can keep Gingrich in the low 20's, he'll have a good night in Tennessee and pull out a big win over Mitt Romney.

 Tuesday 3:00 p.m. Gingrich Making a Push: In Nashville, PolicyMic pundit Cole Johnson reports: "Gingrich has been making the rounds throughout the state in hopes to corral a miracle victory that he received in South Carolina back in January – and play on the momentum of possibly winning his home state of Georgia along with it. 

"Last week, the people who participated in a Vanderbilt University poll showed that Santorum is leading the Republican presidential frontrunner Romney by a 2-to-1 margin. It’s not totally surprising considering we’re in the Bible Belt. As of yesterday a CNN poll shows the race is considered too close to call between Santorum and Romney – with Gingrich making a respectable showing."

Tornados in Tennessee Weigh on Voters. As PolicyMic pundit Martin Stern explains: "Heading in the Super Tuesday, much of the fervor and excitement surrounding the GOP presidential primaries has been dampened slightly by a series of tornadoes the hit the state and surrounding region on Friday, leaving injuries and massive clean-up efforts in its wake.

"That said, the state has not completely forgotten the primaries. There is very much to be contested here, with Romney visiting last week and Gingrich finishing his Super Tuesday assault splitting time between Tennessee and Georgia. That said, despite a despite surge in the polls by Romney, there is a certain amount of resignation to the fact to this race is Santorum's in Tennessee. However, as it seems like each successive poll to be released shows a narrower gap, only Super Tuesday will prove that true or not. Regardless, it should be an exciting and important Tuesday in Tennessee, as well as America."

Friday 3:35 p.m. The state is voting with a "winner-take-most" formula. 27 delegates from the state's congressional districts and 28 elected at-large will be apportioned according to the candidates' final vote totals, with top finishers earning delegates at a higher percentage rate.

3:30 p.m. Vanderbilt University poll says Santorum is at the top of the Republican field with 38 percent of support from Tennesseans, a double-digit lead over Romney's 20 percent. Ron Paul received 15 percent, and Gingrich stood at 13 percent while the remaining 13 percent of those polled remained undecided.

But, co-director of the Vanderbilt poll John Greer said the gap between Romney and Santorum began to shrink towards the end of the poll conducted between Feb 16 and Feb 22, and argued the difference between the two candidates could easily narrow.

Bakground

Rick Santorum has a commanding 20-point lead against Mitt Romney in Tennessee ahead of Super Tuesday, according to a Middle Tennessee State University poll released this week. That could be, in part, because Tennessee Democratic Party leaders have leveled political attacks Romney, while leaving Santorum untouched.

State House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner, TDP Chairman Chip Forrester, and United Auto Workers Local Chairman Mike Herron all took aim at Romney for refusing to support the federal government’s auto industry bailout.

“If we had let Detroit go bankrupt ... that would mean let Spring Hill (a General Motors plant in Middle Tennessee) go bankrupt...” Forrester said. “(Romney’s) old private venture capital firm declined to help restructure the auto industry.”

The Democrats' goal may be to prolong the nomination for as long as possible. According to Forrester, the competition between Romney and Santorum is good for President Obama. "We're witnessing a food fight in the GOP nomination. This only weakens the field for November and allows President Obama to have center stage in this process."

But, don't count out Romney just yet. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has been stumping for Romney across the state, along with Haslam's economic development chief Bill Hagerty, who worked with Romney at Bain Capital and has long been a close Romney adviser.

There are 58 delegates up for grabs in the state, making it one of the most important of the ten contests on Super Tuesday. In Tennessee, 38 percent of voters identify themselves as very conservative, a bloc Santorum handily won in Michigan's primary earlier this week and will likely play to his advantage. 

In early voting, voters in both parties contributed to a turnout of 21,355. Early voting ended on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The total was less than the 30,000 early voting total of 2008, but twice the early voter turnout countywide for the 2004 presidential primary.

PolicyMic will be updating this page with live updates on Tennessee as they come in. Check back for more over the weekend.

If you're in Tennessee and have a tip about the campaign and Super Tuesday mood, comment below or let us know. PolicyMic editors Chris Miles and Jake Horowitz will be making regular live updates.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Like us on Facebook:
Join the Discussion
New Response

Be the first to comment

Top Responses ()
All Responses ()
Load More Responses Show All Responses

Loading Responses

CLOSE | X

Do you agree that our
generation needs a voice?