Long before the polls closed Tuesday afternoon, the Drudge Report teased readers with hints that Mitt Romney had won Mississippi. When the exit polls were released at 8 p.m. Central, it looked like an extremely tight race.
The exit polls had been strikingly accurate for the past two months, and here the Mississippi exit poll showed the two leaders within a percentage point of each other. The largest error in the past six contests had been half a percent.
But as the votes were counted, Rick Santorum jumped out to a lead. Observers who remembered Ohio figured it would dwindle. Ohio had brought in its urban Romney-friendly precincts last.