March 6 - Ten U.S. states head to the polls as part of the Super Tuesday nominating contests that could decide which Republican will face President Barack Obama this November. Deborah Gembara reports.
Super Tuesday --- it's the biggest day so far in the Republican race for the White House and voters in Mitt Romney's home state of Massachusetts were up early to cast the ballots in a vote that could decide who will face president Barack Obama this November. SOUNDBITE: Massachusetts voter Charles Grillo saying: "I voted for Governor Mitt Romney. He was a fantastic Governor here of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I strongly believe he is the only candidate in this race that has the economic know-how to bring this fiscal crisis to an end and create jobs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and for this great nation." Other Romney supporters were less effusive. SOUNDBITE: RICHARD WAKEM, VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, SAYING: "Because I think he has the best chance of winning and anybody that beats Obama is my choice." Romney has won the last five contests and heads into Super Tuesday with significant momentum. He's also managed to close a gap with Rick Santorum in Ohio ---where polls suggest the two are in a dead heat for the delegate rich state considered the top prize of all 10 states holding contests. Joe Dougherty said he voted for former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. SOUNDBITE: Massachusetts voter Joe Dougherty saying: "Even though he is a little unpolished, I think probably he's the best conservative alternative right now, even though Mitt Romney is not a bad guy." Other voters in the highly Democratic state of Massachusetts said they were supporting Ron Paul but would probably vote for Obama in November. SOUNDBITE: Massachusetts voter Deb Grandin saying: "I don't like any of them to be honest with you and I think that Ron Paul is probably the least of the worst." Romney is favored in his home state as well as in Vermont and Virginia. He also hopes to score an upset in Tennessee, where he was competing strongly with Santorum. At stake are 419 of the 1,144 delegates needed to win the party's nomination. Deborah Gembara, Reuters.