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Pat Greenhouse / Globe Staff

Voters hit the polls in Wellesley today.

The Boston Globe’s Andrew Ryan is filing live updates on Super Tuesday, including dispatches and Tweets from Globe reporters.

12:14 a.m.: Signing off now that it’s Super Wednesday. Check BostonGlobe.com throughout the night and early morning. At last count in Ohio, Mitt Romney leads Rick Santorum by 7,071 votes with 96 percent of precincts reporting.

12:03 a.m.: Former US senator Rick Santorum and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney are locked in a race that is too close to call tonight in the closely-watched Republican primary in Ohio.

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The primary was one of 10 Super Tuesday contests being decided, in the latest round of the grueling, sometimes nasty, battle for the GOP nomination.

Santorum earlier in the evening notched victories in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and North Dakota, while Romney won in Virginia, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Idaho. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich won in his political home state of Georgia.

Voting was still underway in Alaska, where polls were not to close until midnight Eastern Time.

“We have won in the West, the Midwest, and the South, and we’re ready to win across this country,” Santorum said in a speech to supporters in Steubenville, Ohio. “We went up against overwhelming odds. ... In every case, we overcame the odds. Here in Ohio, still too close to call!”

--Matt Viser, Michael Levenson, Martin Finucane, Globe Staff

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11:55 p.m.: Mitt Romney’s lead in Ohio grows to 7,549 votes over Rick Santorum with 93 percent of precincts reporting.

11:47 p.m.: Mitt Romney ahead of Rick Santorum by 6,365 votes in Ohio with 92 percent of precincts reporting.

11:29 p.m.: @GlobeCalvan Santorum has not conceded Ohio.

11:28 p.m.: NBC calls Idaho for Romney.

11.26 p.m.: @chucktodd NBC political unit delegate projection has Romney up to 217, which wd translate to a majority of all deleagates avail tonight.

11:25 p.m.: @RyanLizza The big delegate haul Romney will get from MA, ID, and VA seems to be an under-reported story.

11:06 p.m.: Mitt Romney pulls ahead of Rick Santorum by 1,840 votes in Ohio with 86 percent of precincts reporting.

11 p.m.: @globeglen For those in the know on CNN, Dana Bash is relaying live results from Hamilton County, Ohio, to her husband, John King. The numbers she relayed would put Romney ahead.

10:56 p.m.: @chucktodd History of OH is that the count doesn’t get to 99 percent reporting until 6am the next morning. Would mean we couldn’t call if that holds

10:54 p.m.: Former US senator Rick Santorum notched Super Tuesday victories in Republican nominating contests in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and North Dakota tonight, giving his campaign for the nomination a needed boost. But the closely-watched Ohio race remained too close to call.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won the Virginia, Vermont, and Massachusetts primaries, while former House speaker Newt Gingrich won in his political home state of Georgia.

Ohio, which is a crucial swing state in the general election, drew the most attention in the runup to the election and didn’t disappoint in terms of suspense. Santorum and Romney each had 37 percent of the vote with 84 percent of precincts reporting shortly before 11 a.m.

The 10 Super Tuesday contests being decided tonight are the latest round in the grueling, sometimes nasty, battle for the Republican nod.

“We have won in the West, the Midwest, and the South, and we’re ready to win across this country,” Santorum said in a speech to supporters in Steubenville, Ohio. “We went up against overwhelming odds. ... In every case, we overcame the odds. Here in Ohio, still too close to call!”

Santorum criticized the growing size of government and the “elites in Washington,” saying the election was about “fundamental liberty.”

--Matt Viser, Michael Levenson, Martin Finucane, Globe Staff

10:47 p.m. @David_Gergen With 16 percent of precincts out in Ohio, Romney prospects brightening a lot. Could well pull out squeaker.

10.43 p.m.: Rick Santorum’s lead in Ohio over Mitt Romney shrinks to 2,570 votes with 84 percent to precincts reporting. Race too close to call.

10:15 p.m.: @David_Gergen Nail biter in Ohio. Why is Romney struggling? Had momentum heading in. A lot of media interpretation hinges on Ohio.

10:11 p.m.: CNN projects that Rick Santorum will win the North Dakota caucuses, his third win of the night.

10:03 p.m.: @mviser For the second week in a row, Romney uses a national television platform to encourage supporters to go to his website and donate

10:01 p.m.: @globeglen: Funny to hear [Mitt Romney] deliver stump lines about Mass. record. @RealClearScott: The 1 night every 4 years when Romney gets to speak glowingly about the Massachusetts electorate.

9:50 p.m.: @adamnagourney Romney is giving a concession speech and a victory speech at the same time! How limber!

9:47 p.m.: BELMONT -- Politics may be known as blood sport in Massachusetts, but Super Tuesday here turned into a rather placid affair, with former Governor Mitt Romney effortlessly winning his party’s endorsement.

Romney’s victory in today’s primary was treated by nearly everyone as a forgone conclusion. Those who showed up at the polls validated that prediction, handing Romney a decisive victory, capturing 72 percent of the vote, with 47 percent of precincts reporting.

The only suspense came in whether Romney would get all 41 delegates, or forfeit a handful to one of his rivals, who needed 15 percent of the vote to avoid a sweep.

“Intensity is not a word I think I’d use,” said Secretary of State William F. Galvin, the state’s top election official.

--By Noah Bierman and Martine Powers, Globe Staff

9:46 p.m.: Mitt Romney: “It’s wonderful to be able to go home tonight for the first time in two months.”

9:42 p.m.: @mviser Told that Scott Brown is not among the Massachusetts Republicans in Boston tonight with Romney. He’s in DC

9:40 p.m.: @fivethirtyeight Pretty sure Santorum is a slight favorite in Ohio. He’s maybe ~60%-70% likely to win.

9:39 p.m.: Kerry Healey takes the stage in Boston. “What a night for Mitt Romney!” she says. “This is a real homecoming that is just so warm.”

9:36 p.m.: @chucktodd: Team Romney clearly nervous OH is not going their way, getting the candidate out much earlier than many of us believed

9:33 p.m.: Rick Santorum: “We have won in the West, the Midwest, and the South, and we’re ready to win across this country. We went up against overwhelming odds. ... In every case, we overcame the odds. Here in Ohio, still too close to call!”

9:29 p.m.: Rick Santorum: “This is the beginning of the end of freedom in America.”

9:25 p.m.: Ron Paul captures more than 102,000 votes in Virginia, netting 41 percent of the vote. Mitt Romney won with roughly 147,800 votes, or 59 percent. Santorum and Gingrich did not make the ballot in Virginia.

9:21 p.m.: Rick Santorum: “We’re going to get at least a couple of gold medals, and a whole passel of silver medals.”

9:18 p.m.: Rick Santorum joined on stage by 93-year-old mother.

9:17 p.m.: The theme music from the movie “The Natural” is now playing, the prelude to Santorum’s entrance into the Steubenville High School gym.

9:08 p.m.: @globeglen Alex Castellanos rips Gingrich, saying his entire speech had no mention of any voter, any common concern, only own campaign.

9:06 p.m.: @GarrettQuinn at Romney party in Boston: Never thought of Rolling In The Deep as a campaign song but ok.

9 p.m.: CNN projects that Rick Santorum will win Oklahoma.

8:59 p.m.: Former US senator Rick Santorum notched a victory in the Republican presidential primary in Tennessee tonight, but the closely-watched Ohio race remained too close to call. The results in several other races among the 10 Super Tuesday contests were declared, with few surprises.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won the Virginia, Vermont, and Massachusetts primaries, while former House speaker Newt Gingrich won in his political home state of Georgia. All the results were expected, and the races were called by The Associated Press shortly after the polls closed in each state.

But Ohio and Tennessee were the top prizes in this latest round in the grueling, sometimes nasty, battle for the Republican nod.

Santorum had led in numerous polls in Tennessee, a pivotal state with a history of electing establishment and somewhat more moderate Republicans. But the most recent surveys showed Romney and Gingrich gaining strength.

The loss in Tennnessee thwarted Romney’s hope for a victory that could help dispel doubts about the ability of a Mormon and former Massachusetts governor to appeal to evangelical Christians in the Bible Belt.

--Matt Viser and Michael Levenson, Globe Staff

8:53 p.m.: Newt Gingrich: “It’s one thing to have lots of money. It’s another to lie with the money.”

8:50 p.m.: Newt Gingrich: “We put people power up against money power.”

8:49 p.m.: Newt Gingrich: “There are lots of bunny rabbits that run through. I am the tortoise. I just take one step at a time.”

8:44 p.m.: Newt Gingrich: “I hope the analysts in Washington and New York” will learn a little from this crowd and place...

“We survived the national elites’ effort to kill us in the summer because of you.”

8:42 p.m.: Callista Gingrich introducing her husband: “Our only opponent is Barack Obama. And we are committed to removing him from the White House.”

8:39 p.m.: @GlobeRowland Romney blanked in the South on Super Tuesday -- Rick Santorum gets Tennessee

8:35 p.m.: NBC News projects Rick Santorum will win the Tennessee GOP Primary.

8:28 p.m.: Newt Gingrich is getting ready to speak in Georgia ...

8:24 p.m.: @mviser Drinking options at the Romney party cash bar in Boston include: Martini: $12; Liquor $11; Beer $9; Soda $6

8:20 p.m.: @David_Gergen Trucks carrying ballots in Hamilton County, Ohio? To be counted how? Could be a long nite.

8:12 p.m.: @mviser Romney plans to say tonight: “Our campaign is on the move ... And real change is finally on the way.”

“I have a message: You have not failed. This President has failed you.”

8:11 p.m.: The closely-watched Republican presidential primaries in Ohio and Tennessee remained too close to call this evening, while the results in other races among the 10 Super Tuesday contests were declared, with few surprises.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won the Virginia, Vermont, and Massachusetts primaries, while former House speaker Newt Gingrich won in Georgia. All the results were expected, and the races were called by The Associated Press shortly after the polls closed in each state.

But Ohio and Tennessee are the top prizes in this latest round in the grueling, sometimes nasty, battle for the Republican nod. And victories there could determine whether Romney solidifies his frontrunner status or faces bitterly contested primaries for weeks to come. Altogether, as many as 437 delegates are at stake in the 10 races.

Romney’s supporters hoped that if he could win Ohio and Tennessee, it would mark the close of the nomination fight and give Romney the elusive prize that he has twice sought, and which his father and idol, George, failed to win when he sought the nomination in 1968.

--Matt Viser and Michael Levenson, Globe Staff

8:05 p.m.: Crowd at Romney party in Boston chanting, “Go Mitt, Go!” “Go Mitt, Go!” Then the live band starts playing Fenway Park favorite “Sweet Caroline.”

8 p.m.: Fox News projects Santorum will win Oklahoma. Ohio, Tennessee too close to call.

8 p.m.: CNN projects Mitt Romney will win Massachusetts. Exit polls give Romney 70 percent of the vote.

7:57 p.m.: Exit polls on Tennessee: 70 percent of electorate is born-again or evangelical Christian, most of any state surveyed in 2012

7:55 p.m.: CNN confirms Newt Gingrich will get U.S. Secret Service protection beginning tomorrow.

7:51 p.m.: @fivethirtyeight: CNN’s latest wave of Ohio exit polls had the state tightening up a bit. About 38 Romney, 36.5 Santorum

7:46 p.m.: @globerowland: Ron Paul in Fargo first to speak, delivering a variation of usual stump speech. Tonight will be a big test of his caucus-centric strategy

7:40 p.m.: @globerowland: Virginia and Green Mountain State for Romney. Georgia just peachy for Gingrich. Where will Santorum get a win? Oklahoma?

7:38 p.m.: CNN calls Vermont for Mitt Romney.

7:35 p.m.: @David_Gergen does anybody drop out after tonite?”

7:33 p.m.: The latest lede from the Globe:

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won the Republican presidential primary in Virginia today, while former US House speaker Newt Gingrich won the primary in his political home state of Georgia.

The two races, called by The Associated Press, were the first of 10 Super Tuesday tilts to be determined tonight, including the Massachusetts primary.

The host of primaries, the latest high-stakes round in the grueling, sometimes nasty, battle for the Republican nod, could determine whether Romney solidifies his frontrunner status or faces bitterly contested primaries for weeks to come.

The most-watched contests are in Ohio, where Romney was statistically tied in polls with former US senator Rick Santorum, and in Tennessee, where Gingrich’s late-breaking strength could be a major factor. Altogether, as many as 437 delegates are at stake in the 10 races.

--Matt Viser and Michael Levenson, Globe Staff

7:30 p.m.: “Ohio, Ohio, Ohio.” CNN’s Wolf Blitzer proves it sounds better when you say it three times. Polls are now closed in the Buckeye State. Exit polls in Ohio put Romney up by 4 percentage points over Rick Santorum, but the state is too close to call. CNN’s exit polls in Ohio have Romney at 40%, Santorum at 36%, Gingrich at 12%, and Paul with 11%.

7:28 p.m.: Fox News projects Mitt Romney will win Vermont

7:27 p.m.: It’s funny to watch the networks package this election news. CNN, for example, won’t project winner without first playing its Breaking News theme and throwing up a graphic.

-- Glen Johnson, Globe Staff

7:20 p.m. CNN projects Romney win in Virginia.

7:19 p.m.: @zbyronwolf: ABC Projects Romney wins in Virginia.

7:07 p.m.: Fox News: Ron Paul surge in Virginia has made that race too close to call.

7:06 p.m.: Globe’s Your Town reporter notes Mitt Romney’s name was on Belmont ballot twice: as presidential and town committee candidate. So, it’s likely he’ll get to go to the Republican National Convention one way or another.

7:05 p.m.: Georgia was a must-win for Gingrich, but look for the pundits to assess how BIG a win he scores, too. The election heads South, with Mississippi having its primary next Tuesday, and Gingrich has vowed to fight on through those states.

--Glen Johnson, Globe Staff

7:02 p.m.: CNN has Romney up in Vermont, followed by Ron Paul.

7 p.m.: Associated Press and networks call Georgia for Newt Gingrich. CNN exit polls give Gingrich 45 percent of Republican vote.

6:57 p.m.: Polls are closing in Vermont, Virginia, and Georgia, three of the 10 Super Tuesday states, but voting is continuing in seven other contests, including Massachusetts, on a night that could change the shape of the race for the GOP presidential nomination.

The latest high-stakes round in the grueling, sometimes nasty, battle for the Republican nod could determine whether former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney solidifies his frontrunner status or faces bitterly contested primaries for weeks to come.

The most-watched contests are in Ohio, where Romney was statistically tied in polls with Rick Santorum, and in Tennessee, where Newt Gingrich’s late-breaking strength could be a major factor. Altogether, as many as 437 delegates are at stake in the 10 races.

--Matt Viser and Michael Levenson, Globe Staff

6:49 p.m.: “I just went in there and said, ‘Eenie, meeny, miny, moe. And Santorum came up as moe.” A GA voter tells AP how he chose Santorum, from @bfouhy via twitter

6:46 p.m.: @Noahbierman Polls in MA open till 8 p.m. so Boston will probably draw a few more votes, coming close to the 26,000 who voted in similar 1996 primary.

6:45 p.m.: @David_Gergen Ohio: If Santorum wins, Romney wounded but still still has path to Tampa. If Romney wins, hard to see Santorum path.

6:38 p.m.: @roygreene: Most colorful Super Tuesday quote I’ve seen today: “I’d vote for Dracula over Obama.”

6:34 p.m.: Turnout anemic so far in Boston, just 5.98 percent, or 21,052 voters in the traditional Democratic stronghold, according to Noah Bierman

6:29 p.m.: Here is a full list of poll closing times from the Associated Press. All times are eastern time.

-- 7 p.m. -- Georgia, Vermont, Virginia

-- 7:30 p.m. -- Ohio

-- 8 p.m. -- Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Tennessee

-- 9 p.m. -- Wyoming - GOP County Conventions - Latest convenes at 9:00 p.m.

-- 9:00 & 10:00 p.m. -- Idaho, North Dakota

-- 12:00 Midnight -- Alaska

6:26 p.m.: Welcome to live results from Super Tuesday. Ten states vote in a pivotal day for the Republican presidential nomination.

The first polls close at 7 p.m. in Georgia, Vermont, and Virginia, so some results could start rolling in soon. Check here on BostonGlobe.com and Boston.com

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