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Super Tuesday: Mitt Romney takes six states

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BOSTON (AP) - It might not be pretty, but Mitt Romney's campaign insists he'll be the last man standing.

The candidate himself said Wednesday that he's "prepared to fight all the way" to the Republican National Convention in late summer to go up against President Barack Obama in the fall.

"We've got the time and the resources and a plan to get all the delegates, and we think that will get done before the convention," Romney said in an interview with CNBC. He lost four of the 10 states that voted on Super Tuesday and won marquee Ohio by less than 1 percentage point.

But he's far ahead in the race for convention delegates, a point repeated by top campaign aides who briefed reporters during a Wednesday post-mortem.

Their bottom line: It's going to be a long, hard-fought spring. And while Romney may continue to make mistakes and struggle to unite voters and the GOP establishment behind him, he is, in the words of one adviser, "ahead of the other guys."

In a memo to reporters, political director Rich Beeson said Tuesday's voting "dramatically reduced the likelihood that any of Gov. Romney's opponents can obtain the Republican nomination."

In the document, Beeson said Romney's six wins increased his lead in the delegate race much more than popular vote totals indicate.

Romney now has 415 delegates to Rick Santorum's 176 delegates, according to an Associated Press tally.

Romney's campaign says Super Tuesday was the final opportunity for his rivals to surpass him in delegates. But senior aides on Wednesday wouldn't identify any upcoming state where Romney is likely to win.

Next up are contests in Kansas, Alabama and Mississippi - conservative states where he could struggle.

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