This winter has been a mild one in Addison County, but it has also seemed the harshest of the three Vermont winters I’ve experienced. As the days get longer, it’s exciting to see a few signs of spring.
Just in: With 85 percent of Ohio’s vote counted, the race is tightening: Santorum and Romney are now tied at 37 percent. That’s because a close look at the map suggests the 15 percent of the vote yet to be counted is in the larger cities of Cleveland, Akron and Columbus, where Romney is ahead of Santorum by up to 10 percentage points in each of those areas. Conclusion: Look for a Romney surge, and a race that goes to Romney.
Update and commentary on the Republican presidential primary:
Early on this Super Tuesday primary night, Rick Santorum appears to be headed for what he can legitimately claim is a two-person race for Republican nomination. With early returns in, it appears he’ll win Oklahoma and Tennessee, with a good chance for a victory in North Dakota, and perhaps a narrow win in Ohio, which would be huge.
At one of the longest town meetings in recent memory, about 250 Middlebury residents spent 4 hours and 20 minutes deliberating a number of issues, starting with the proposed budget, which took the better part of two hours. It passed on a voice vote, with numerous questions from the audience but no final opposition.
Lots of playoff headlines yesterday and today.
The big news on Sunday came out of Middlebury College, where in the wake of the men’s basketball team’s convincing 89-73 takedown of Albertus Magnus on Saturday night, the NCAA awarded the 26-3 Panthers a sectional tournament this weekend. (See details on that game and photos from the Panthers’ Friday win over Morrisville in our Monday paper.)