John Podhoretz has had just about enough of this Republican primary: “Maybe, just maybe, if Mitt Romney does well — by which I mean he wins or all but wins in Ohio and Tennessee, the two most important states to watch — we can get out of the political doldrums in which we have been trapped for months and months and months and . . . move on. This would come as a relief to me, and countless others like me, because, frankly, I can’t take much more of it.”
ALASKA: “For candidates, the state is also remote, difficult to travel to, and its delegate count is among the lowest of states with caucuses or primaries Tuesday,” the AP writes. “Still, Paul planned events in Fairbanks and Anchorage on Sunday. One of Romney's sons held several events in the state last month. Gingrich last week participated in an energy-centric conference call organized by the nonpartisan Consumer Energy Alliance-Alaska; the group also organized a call with Santorum Saturday. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported that Santorum also has done radio appearances. Paul's national press secretary, Gary Howard, said the campaign is running an ad in the state and has been organizing. He said the campaign, which finished third here in 2008, is hoping for a ‘strong finish.’”
GEORGIA: “In a campaign season dominated by million-dollar infusions to Super PACs, carpet-bombing TV ads and wall-to-wall GOP debates, it finally comes down to this: A mom and her two daughters, knocking on the doors of strangers; a veteran of the days when Republicans were a rarity in Georgia, dialing, dialing and dialing some more; a Florida stalwart, driving here to impart lessons learned in that state’s primary; a bleary-eyed volunteer, fresh off a plane from India, where she got a campaign slogan inked on her hands,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes. “Whether it’s the well-oiled machine of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or the do-it-yourself campaign of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, the faith-infused effort of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, or the Georgia-inflected campaign of onetime Georgia Rep. Newt Gingrich, these are the days when the campaign rubber meets the road, when the ground game matters.”
OHIO: “Ohio's primary election tomorrow is still at a draw in the polls, but the latest poll, out this morning, suggests that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has gained momentum over the weekend,” the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Romney’s up 34%-31% in a new Quinnipiac poll out Monday morning that polled through Sunday. That represents a 10-point shift from a week ago, when Santorum had a 36%-29% lead.
The Cincinnati Enquirer notes: “Women are backing Romney 38 to 29 percent; even self-described conservatives now split 35 percent for Santorum, 33 percent for Romney.”
The Enquirer sees a similarity in Santorum’s struggles with Reagan’s in 1976.
AP goes to a Republican section of the state and finds voters split between Romney and Santorum.
Santorum, who has seen his once-double-digit advantage in the Buckeye State evaporate, said on FOX Sunday: “It’s a tough state for us, only because of the fact of the money disadvantage. … We’re running a grass-roots campaign. We’re hanging in there, and we’re going to do very, very well. We have the anti-Romney vote, if you will.”
OKLAHOMA: The Oklahoman endorsed Romney.