FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Super Tuesday may finally bring some clarity to the messy Republican Primary race. Or not.
Mitt Romney could be able to wind this thing down with a strong showing in tomorrow's 10 races.
For starters, he's racking up endorsements from influential conservatives - a sign that the party is ready to rally around him.
Today - former Bush Attorney General John Ashcroft threw his support behind Romney.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn - both fiscal conservatives - are backing him too.
Romney is also sitting back on top of the national polls.
But to capitalize on all this momentum, he needs to deliver tomorrow.
The biggest prize is Ohio, where Romney is neck-in-neck with Rick Santorum after trailing him by double digits.
A Romney win in Ohio would help consolidate his support among working-class voters in the Rust Belt. However, a Santorum win could mean the race will drag on longer.
Also at play tomorrow are a couple of Southern states. If Romney manages to win in Tennessee or Georgia, it would give him a big boost.
Newt Gingrich is staking the future of his campaign on Georgia, his home state.
As for Ron Paul - he acknowledges his chances are slim but he seems to be in it for the long haul.
Meanwhile top Republicans are spreading the message that a long nomination battle could weaken their chances of defeating President Obama come November.
But as we've seen since the first contests back in January, Republican voters are capable of surprising everybody - including themselves.
Here’s my question to you: Will Super Tuesday clarify the GOP situation or further confuse things?
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The economy. The war in Iraq. Health care. Immigration. Terrorism. Those are the issues on the minds of Americans as they cast ballots on this Super Tuesday. But the issues are not “the issue” this election day.
The Wall Street Journal reports that voters are placing a higher priority on intangible qualities like leadership ability and governing style instead of ideas. It seems to be a reflection on the country's mood at the moment: people are sick and tired of the partisan wars and gridlock in Washington and are looking for someone to rise above it and lead. This is part of the reason why candidates like Barack Obama and John McCain are doing so well.
The Journal says: "To many voters, precisely what gets done seems less important than the prospect that something actually will get done."
One pollster says on the Democratic side there's been no correlation in exit polls between the issues people say are important and the candidate they vote for. As for the Republicans, a recent poll found that the characteristic on which McCain – who's now the front-runner – ranked the lowest was "shares your position on issues".
Of course, once we get past the primaries, this is likely to change assuming there are significant differences on top issues between the Republican and Democratic nominees. But for now, it looks like the American people are hungry for a candidate who can bridge the partisan divide and lead this country back onto the right track.
Here’s my question to you: What matters more to you in this primary election: issues or character, and why?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
We're headed into a week of "super-sized" events. First up on Sunday is the Super Bowl, where the undefeated New England Patriots go head-to-head with the New York Giants. And two days later, it's Super Tuesday. Voters in more than 20 states will go to the polls, perhaps finalizing their party's presidential nominees.
So which event are Americans more pumped up about? Turns out, it's almost a toss-up. A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows 40% of those surveyed say they're more excited for the big football game, while 37% say they're more worked up about the Super Tuesday primaries.
The poll also found those who are more psyched for the Super Bowl include: football fans – no surprise there, those who haven't gone beyond high school, men and Independents.
As far as people who are more excited about Super Tuesday, that would include: non-football fans, college graduates, women and Democrats. When it comes to Republicans, they divide about evenly between the two events.
Here’s my question to you: Are you more excited for the Super Bowl or Super Tuesday, and why?
Jack Cafferty sounds off hourly on the Situation Room on the stories crossing his radar. Now, you can check in with Jack online to see what he's thinking and weigh in with your own comments online and on TV.
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