Romney narrowly leads Santorum early in Ohio

By REUTERS
March 7, 2012 04:48

WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney held a slim lead over Rick Santorum in the Republican presidential primary with 12 percent of the vote counted in Ohio, the most closely watched of the 10 nominating contests being held on Super Tuesday.

Romney was leading 39 percent to 37 percent for Santorum, with 12 percent of the vote counted. A victory in Ohio and a good showing elsewhere would make Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, the favorite to win the nomination. Santorum, a former US senator from neighboring Ohio, has been campaigning as the conservative alternative to Romney.

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