Despite winning six of the ten states and most of the available delegates last night, the media narrative still seems to be that Mitt Romney just can't get it done. He won the key state of the evening and has extended his big lead in the delegate count, but judging by some of the headlines this morning, you would almost think that Super Tuesday was an unmitigated disaster.
The AP called Santorum (who lost seven of ten states) "resurgent." Politico says the picture is as "muddled" as ever. The New York Times called Romney's campaign "lethargic." The Washington Post says he's weakened. CNN reminded us over and over that Romney outspent Santorum 4-to-1 in Ohio, but only won "narrowly." Newt Gingrich is "back from the dead .... again" after winning his home state by a healthy margin. Even this website you're reading was cautiously evenhanded, calling Tuesday's results a "split."
There's no doubt that the nomination fight is not yet over, as none of the other three challengers seems ready to drop out. As long as votes and delegates continue to be divided up four ways — though according to CNN's count, Romney still has more delegates than the other three combined — it will take many more contests for Romney to mathematically clinch the nomination.