NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- And then there was Super Tuesday. Mitt Romney on Tuesday will look to solidify his legitimacy as the Republican nominee and Rick Santorum hopes to muster another primary surprise, while Newt Gingrich attempts to extend his long-shot efforts as Ron Paul searches for his first state victory.
There are 437 delegates up for grabs in 10 states, and a quick glance at the latest poll averages collected by RealClearPolitics.org still show a tight overall GOP race, but Romney is gaining momentum. In Ohio, a key battleground state in the general election, Romney has taken a 1.2 percentage point lead against Santorum, 33.9% to 32.7%. Last week, Romney trailed by as much as four percentage points. In Georgia, where Gingrich is the hometown favorite, the former House speaker holds a more than 20 percentage-point lead at 44.4% to 23.8% against Romney. Santorum slides in at third with 17.4% of the vote. In Tennessee, a state where Santorum held about a 20 percentage-point lead in mid-February, Romney has cut the difference to 2.6 percentage points as he trails Santorum 32.3% to 29.7%. It appears that Santorum should hold Oklahoma, while Romney is favored in Massachusetts, where he once served as governor, and Vermont. Paul has eyed Idaho and North Dakota as the caucus format in these small states favors the Texas congressman's strategy. Paul has also campaigned heavily the past few days for Alaska's caucus. Each candidate gets some delegates from each state based on his win, but if the victor in Virginia, Ohio, Tennessee or Oklahoma receives more than 50% of the vote he wins all the states delegates. Let the games begin. -- Written by Joe Deaux in New York. >Contact by Email. >Follow Joe Deaux on Twitter. Subscribe on Facebook.