Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Santorum: Ohio vote 'ground zero'

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is campaigning heavily in Ohio (AP)

US presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is raising the stakes in the Republican nomination race in Ohio, declaring the state "ground zero" as he campaigns for one of Super Tuesday's biggest prizes.

More delegates will be awarded in Ohio than in any other state except Georgia in the opening months of the Republican campaign.

Ohio and Georgia are two of the 10 contests scheduled for March 6, a benchmark for the primary campaign that often decides who can continue to the next level.

After three events in Ohio on Friday, Mr Santorum is scheduled to attend a tea party rally in Columbus. He then plans to attend a luncheon with the Ohio Christian Alliance and finish his day at a Lincoln Day dinner in Akron.

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