Mitt Romney Takes Arizona and Michigan Primaries
In what some thought could be a tight race, Mitt Romney came away with wins in both the Arizona and Michigan Republican presidential primaries on Tuesday, February 28,and the Wyoming caucus on Wednesday, February 29. These victories once again position Romney as the GOP front-runner heading into the Super Tuesday races March 6.
Rick Santorum, who had been gaining momentum, came in second in the Arizona, Michigan, and Wyoming races. Newt Gingrich took third place in Arizona, while Ron Paul took third place in Michigan.
All of the candidates will be busy in the upcoming days campaigning for the March 6 Super Tuesday contests. Ten states—Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia—will give away a total of 437 delegates. While that might seem like a lot of votes, the outcome of Super Tuesday may not necessarily seal the deal for any one of the candidates.
Activity Idea – Super Tuesday WebQuest
Have your students complete a Super Tuesday WebQuest by responding to the following:
- When is Super Tuesday?
- Why is it called Super Tuesday?
- What is the difference between a presidential primary and a caucus?
- Name each state that holds a contest on Super Tuesday.
- List the number of delegates for each state that holds a contest on Super Tuesday.
- Find predictions from three different political pundits about which Republican candidate will win Super Tuesday, and explain which pundit’s prediction is the most reliable.