Romney edges ahead in race to fight Obama

MITT Romney notched up early wins as he fought to establish his dominance in the race for the Republican US presidential nomination last night but Ohio, the biggest prize of the evening, was too close to call.

Romney won as expected in Virginia and Vermont, while rival Newt Gingrich won in his home state of Georgia, according to network projections. Results from the seven other states holding contests on “Super Tuesday” were due to follow overnight.

Some 419 of the 1,144 delegates needed to win the party’s nomination were at stake. Polls show Romney has effectively erased Rick Santorum’s lead in Ohio, a bellwether state.

Contests were also being held in Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Idaho, Alaska and North Dakota.