While there was no clear “big winner” in Super Tuesday‘s 10 primaries and caucuses there was one loser: Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who came away from the night with no wins and only a few delegates.
Paul won none of the contests even though he predicted on “Face the Nation” on CBS Sunday that he would win the three caucuses and capture “a majority of delegates” on Super Tuesday.
He won a handful of delegates but lost the three caucuses in Alaska, North Dakota and Idaho. Romney won Alaska and Idaho. Santorum captured North Dakota.
“Reality happened,” GOP strategist Ann Delaney told Capitol Hill Blue early Wednesday. “Enthusiasm of youthful supporters doesn’t always translate into votes.”
Paul bet heavily on North Dakota and told supporters in Fargo early Tuesday he would win.
“This country is ready and raring,” he said.
But Santorum won the caucus. Paul finished second, more than 10 percentage points behind.
Paul also counted on wins in Idaho and Alaska. He was the only GOP candidate with a campaign office in Idaho and the only one to campaign personally in Alaska.
But Romney won both Idaho and Alaska Tuesday. Paul finished third, behind second place Santorum, in both contests.
In Virginia, Paul went head-to-head against Romney. Santorum and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich failed to qualify for the ballot. Romney won with 60 percent of the vote, captured all of the at-large delegates and the lion’s share of those allocated by congressional district.
“Not a good night for Ron Paul,” said Delaney.
Paul remains the only GOP Presidential candidate with no primary or caucus wins and lags far behind in delegates.
Romney leads with 415, Santorum is second with 176, Gingrich third with 105 and Paul brings up the rear with 47. A candidate needs 1,144 to win and 1,541 delegates remain in upcoming primaries and caucuses.