Super Tuesday Preview

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Monday, March 5, 2012 - 7:30am

Eleven states have primaries tomorrow and Mitt Romney is hoping to win most of them.

Seven in ten polled say it's been a negative Republican campaign so far. Four in ten said they've got a less favorable view of the party's nominating process as a result.

Even though his favorable ratings have dropped, Mitt Romney has a six point edge over Rick Santorum in this morning's NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll -- if they were the only two on the ballot.

What's more, President Obama leads Romney by six points with a 50% approval rating - his highest since Osama Bin Laden was killed.

What President Obama said about Iran this weekend brought strong reaction on the campaign trail. "There is too much loose talk of war. Over the last few weeks, such talk has only benefited the Iranian government, by driving up the price of oil," said President Barack Obama.

"Loose talk of Republicans? The best thing that can happen in the world markets is an Iran without a nuclear weapon,” said Rick Santorum, (R) Presidential Candidate.

"If Barack Obama gets re-elected Iran will have a nuclear weapon and the world will change," Mitt Romney, (R) Presidential Candidate.

Foreign affairs aside, the candidates are laser-focused on Super Tuesday. "I sure hope to get support even in the primary process throughout the South. I think I will. I got good support in Florida," said Mitt Romney, (R) Presidential Candidate.

Ohio will be a big prize. Romney's now in a statistical tie there with Rick Santorum. "We're running a grassroots campaign, we're hanging in there," said Rick Santorum, (R) Presidential Candidate.

Georgia has the most delegates. Newt Gingrich is predicting a decisive win in his home state. "It's very hard for one of the major candidates to not carry their home state and continue to move forward," said Newt Gingrich, (R) Presidential Candidate.

Ron Paul could make his strongest showing in Virginia where only he and Mitt Romney are on the ballot. Paul's been attacking Santorum. Raising questions about whether he's made some sort of deal to help Mitt Romney. "Is there a deal? Obviously not. He wouldn't do it, I wouldn't do it," said Ron Paul, (R) Presidential Candidate.

The latest polls show Santorum with a slight edge Ohio and Tennessee, Gingrich with a big lead in Georgia, and Romney almost sure to win Virginia.

Tracie Potts, NBC News, Washington.
 

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