Gingrich wins Ga., Romney takes 6, Santorum lands 3

1:39 PM, Mar 7, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- With a big win in his home state of Georgia, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich picks up at least 23 delegates. The remainder of Georgia's 76 delegates will be divided up under state party rules.

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Shortly after the announcement, Gingrich tweeted, "Thank you Georgia! It is gratifying to win my home state so decisively to launch our March Momentum. #MarchMo #250gas #SuperTuesday"

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Gingrich spoke to a crowd at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Cobb County shortly before 9 p.m., chastising the members of the "elite media" who counted him out of the Republican race.

"We survived the national elite's efforts to kill us in the summer because of you," Gingrich said. "There are a lot of bunny rabbits that run through. I am the tortoise."

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According to NBC, of the 10 states up for grabs Tuesday, Rick Santorum won primary fights in Tennessee, Oklahoma and North Dakota.  

After a fierce fight, Romney won in Ohio. Most of Romney's Ohio support came from the urban areas around Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton. The bulk of rural Ohio voted en-masse for Santorum.

Mitt Romney also won Massachusetts, Virginia, Vermont, Idaho and Alaska, for a total of six primary victories. 

Speaking on CNN, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin said she wouldn't rule out a run for president if the GOP campaign came down to a brokered convention.

Ron Paul came in second in Alaska, but did not win any of the Super Tuesday primaries.

Locally, one of the biggest ballot measures was Sunday liquor sales. Voters approved Sunday sales in Henry, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Forsyth, Hall, and Rockdale counties, and the cities of Austell, Marietta, Powder Springs, Conyers and Monroe.

A controversial sewer tax was overwhelmingly approved in the City of Atlanta. The penny sales tax will pay for court-mandated sewer improvements. The tax will last for four years.

Voters approved a SPLOST measure in Coweta County.

Marietta voters passed a school bond measure to build a new theater at Marietta High School.

Doris Devey defeated Donald Brown for the mayor's office in Hiram.

In Gwinnett and Walton counties, a Republican runoff is underway for State Representative in District 107 between Tom Kirby and Paul Smith.

Flowery Branch voters will get to go back to the polls on April 1 for a runoff since none of the three candidates for Post 3 received at least a 50 percent plus one vote. Jason Covert, who received 119 votes will face Fred Richards, who ended up with 122 votes in the runoff. The third place candidate was Pat Zalewski, who received 29 votes.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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