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Republicans in ten states will head to the polls today to pick who they want to challenge President Obama in November.

The two GOP frontrunners made their final push for votes in Ohio on Monday.  The Buckeye State is considered the biggest prize.

Mitt Romney campaigned hard across Ohio hours before the polls opened – asking voters in Youngstown to carry him to victory on Super Tuesday. Romney’s locked in a dead heat there with Rick Santorum.

The former Pennsylvania Senator had a lead, but it started to fade after Romney’s three state sweep last week.

Santorum admits a win in Ohio is crucial.

“I would make the argument that while it may not be make or break, it’s going to be a huge, huge

deal,” said Santorum.

Ohio is considered the biggest prize because it’s a battleground state in the general election.

Ron Paul expects to do well in caucus states, especially Idaho. Newt Gingrich is favored to win Georgia – the state he served as a Congressman, and the polls show he’s making a last minute surge in Tennessee.

Ten states and 419 delegates are at stake. But the candidates need 1144 delegates to clinch the nomination and

no one can reach that magic number today.

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Article Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News