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Former Gov. Mitt Romney looks at his ballot with his wife Ann as he votes in the Massachusetts primary at the Beech Street Senior Center in Belmont, Tuesday. (AP)
Former Gov. Mitt Romney looks at his ballot with his wife Ann as he votes in the Massachusetts primary at the Beech Street Senior Center in Belmont, Tuesday. (AP)

It was a night of nail biting for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his team as they and the rest of the country watched the results from Ohio coming in Tuesday night. In the end, Romney eked out a victory in Ohio over former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

Out of the 10 states holding contests, Romney won six: Idaho, Vermont, Virginia, Ohio, Alaska and Massachusetts.

Romney was in Massachusetts Tuesday to vote and watch the results come in with supporters at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in downtown Boston.

"Where he's known best, we're winning by 72 percent," Romney's wife Ann told the cheering crowd.

Romney's closest rival, Santorum, won only 12 percent of the Massachusetts vote. Still, as Romney addressed the Boston crowd Tuesday night, he had his eye on the mixed results in the rest of the country.

"Tonight, we're doing some counting," Romney said. "We're counting up the delegates for the convention, and it looks good, and we're counting down the days until November, and that looks even better."

As he does when he wants to get his message just right, Romney read his speech from a teleprompter, and he was back wearing something he hasn't been using much on the campaign trail this year: a dark business suit.

In the crowd, Romney supporters acknowledged that the campaign is dragging on longer than they thought it would.

"I think it has been tougher than he thought it would be," said Paul O'Malley, an enthusiastic supporter of Romney since he ran against Sen. Edward Kennedy in 1994. "But there's been a lot of vetting going on, and just about anything that could come out about Mitt has come out, and it's not all that bad, so it's good to get out of the way now."

Although Romney won easily in Massachusetts, not all those who voted for him shared the enthusiasm of those who came out to celebrate. Turnout was low across the state.

Tom and Sandra Antonino of Weymouth said they aren't totally happy with Romney.

"But out of everybody, he's the best we've got," Tom Antonino said.

"Yeah, he kind of sticks out, you know," Sandra Antonino said.

If that sounds like tepid support, it's important to remember that Romney did much better in Massachusetts than he did four years ago, when John McCain had strong appeal here. In 2008 McCain took 41 percent of the vote, and left Romney to win with just a bare majority.

No such thing happened Tuesday. Romney won by such a wide margin that he took all 38 delegates that were up for grabs in the state.

This program aired on March 7, 2012.

Fred Thys Twitter Reporter
Fred Thys reports on politics and higher education for WBUR.

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