The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, March, 6, 2012

By Jacqueline Fernandez

Mar 6, 2012 3:34am

Compiled by ABC News’ Jackie Fernandez, Jayce Henderson, and Amanda VanAllen

SUPER TUESDAY
USA Today’s Susan page: “Super Tuesday: Will Romney be able to seal the deal?” The Super Tuesday contests are headed toward a split decision, but the biggest election night on the Republican presidential calendar will set the course ahead for the nomination to face President Obama in November — and could mark the moment when Mitt Romney finally emerges as the GOP’s all-but-inevitable choice. For the former Massachusetts governor, a victory in the Ohio primary and a show of strength across the country would enable him to argue that he is the only contender with a realistic mathematical chance of claiming the 1,144 delegates needed for nomination. LINK

Bloomberg’s Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Lisa Lerer: “Romney Seeks Breakout Super Tuesday” Mitt Romney is reaching for breakout victories today to propel him to a commanding lead in the Republican presidential race, as Rick Santorum presses for enough Super Tuesday support to keep his bid alive and stoke doubts about the front-runner. Polls showed Romney ahead of his competitors among Republican voters nationally, gaining momentum in the swing state of Ohio — one of today’s most coveted prizes — and running competitively in Tennessee, a Super Tuesday state the Santorum camp has focused on. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Patrick O’Connor and Sara Murray: “Ohio and Tennessee Looming Super Large” Three of the four major Republican presidential candidates are on track to claim at least one win in today’s 10-state voting. But one candidate, Mitt Romney, has the potential to emerge from the Super Tuesday balloting having transformed from a front-runner into the presumptive leader. The potential for Mr. Romney to enlarge his lead is throwing the spotlight on Ohio and Tennessee. LINK

The New York Times’ Jim Rutenberg and Jeff Zeleny: “Romney and Santorum Roll Up Their Sleeves for Blue-Collar Votes” If Mitt Romney defeats Rick Santorum in the bellwether primary here on Tuesday, it will be in no small part because he managed to win over one of the most hotly contested and elusive segments of the electorate: white working-class voters. LINK

The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker and Felicia Sonmez: “Super Tuesday: Mitt Romney focuses on economy, while rivals seek openings” As the four remaining Republican presidential candidates head into the most consequential voting day yet, each positioned himself Monday for a breakout moment that so far has proved elusive. LINK

The Washington Times’ Seth McLaughlin: “Romney pushes jobs; Santorum lobs attacks” Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum wrapped up their final full day of campaigning here before Tuesday’s pivotal Republican presidential primary here, delivering their respective closing arguments as Mr. Santorum’s stock dipped in the polls and Mr. Romney brushed off new questions about his support for a federal health care mandate. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ John Hoeffel: “In Ohio, voters share unease about the future” In the fading evening light, Jeff Snider played catch in the middle of the street with his 14-year-old son, the baseball thwacking their mitts. They stepped out of the way and waved when cars passed. The friendly neighborhoods in hilly Oakwood, a picture-perfect suburb nestled against Dayton, belong in a brochure for the American Dream. But the tranquillity hides a churning discontent. LINK

Politico’s Darren Samuelsohn: “Green donors bet on Mitt Romney flip-flop” Will Mitt Romney flip-flop on climate change if he’s elected president? Some big donors are betting on it. Romney and his super PAC have taken millions from funders with strong green streaks — despite the fact that the former Massachusetts governor has run to the right in the primary, proclaiming doubts about global-warming science and trashing President Barack Obama’s greenhouse gas emissions policies. LINK

NEWT GINGRICH
ABC News’ Elicia Dover: “Gingrich Says Romney Won’t Be the Nominee If He Can’t Win the South” On the eve of Super Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich spent the day flying around Tennessee hoping for a victory in the state as well as in his home state of Georgia. At the last event of the day, Gingrich was asked about Mitt Romney’s ability to win southern states. LINK

ABC News’ Elicia Dover: “Cain Predicts Gingrich Will Do Better Than Anticipated” After a day of campaigning in Oklahoma, former presidential candidate Herman Cain stopped by Newt Gingrich’s last rally of the day in Chattanooga to excite voters to go to the polls Tuesday. In an interview with ABC News, Cain said Gingrich would do better than expected on the day in which Gingrich has been hinging his campaign for the last month. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS
“Rick Santorum: ‘We’re Winning’ in OhioLINK
Romney at ’08 ABC Debate: ‘I Like Mandates’LINK

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