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GOP presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum greets supporters in Perrysburg, Ohio, Tuesday. (AP)
GOP presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum greets supporters in Perrysburg, Ohio, Tuesday. (AP)

The Republican presidential candidates are focusing on next week's Super Tuesday, after Tuesday night's primaries in Michigan and Arizona. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won both states, and the candidates are now fanning out to the 10 Super Tuesday states.

Romney is in Ohio. Rick Santorum is in Tennessee. And Newt Gingrich is in his home state of Georgia.

But Ohio is getting the most attention, since no Republican has won the presidency without the Buckeye state. Candidates are already flooding the airwaves with political ads, and promising to focus more on the economy and less on social issues.

Joe Frolik of Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial page says Ohio will be a big test for the candidates, because if they tack too far to the right, they could hurt themselves in the general election against President Obama.

Two recent polls show Santorum ahead of Romney, but with a week to go, about half of the GOP voters say they might change their minds.

Guest:

  • Joe Frolik, Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial page

This segment aired on February 29, 2012.

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